Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian related car accidents in Pennsylvania represented 3.3% of the total reported car crashes in 2014, however, they accounted for 13.9% of all traffic crash deaths. A review of the statistics published by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reveals that 41.9% of all pedestrian car accidents occurred while the pedestrian was entering or crossing at an intersection, driveway or mid-block. 31.1% of all pedestrian accidents occurred while the pedestrian was running, jogging, walking or playing. 5.1% of such car accidents occurred while the pedestrian was merely standing.
Pedestrian injuries and fatalities are not just a Pennsylvania problem. Nationally, pedestrian fatalities were up 46% between 2009 and 2016 according to a recent study. 6,000 pedestrians were killed in 2016 alone as a result of car accidents. In fact, in 2016 the number of pedestrians killed in car accidents comprised 16% of all traffic related deaths. That number was 11% in 20017, representing a significant increase.
Intersections with the most pedestrian-car accidents
63.8% of all pedestrian injuries involving motor vehicles or automobiles in Pennsylvania occurred in cities like Philadelphia. The City of Philadelphia keeps track of the most dangerous intersections in Philadelphia with respect to pedestrian car accidents. For the years 2009 through 2013, they are as follows:
- Fifth Street & Olney Avenue
- Broad And Race Streets
- Broad Street and Girard Avenue
- Cottman Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard
- Broad Street & Olney Avenue
- Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue
- Market Street and 40th Street
- Market Street and 11th Street
- Chelten Avenue and Wayne Avenue
- Market Street and 12th Street
- Cobbs Creek, Market Street and 63rd Street
- Cecil B. Moore Avenue and Broad Street
Our Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers Can Help Get You the Compensation You Deserve
If you were a pedestrian and you were struck by a car or automobile, one of our Philadelphia car accident lawyers can help. The first step in any pedestrian car accident case is to identify where the accident occurred and determine the law that applies. It is rather simple, if a pedestrian is hit by a car while crossing the street in a designated crosswalk with the right of way, the driver of the car is deemed negligent as a matter of law. However, if a pedestrian is crossing at a location other than in a designated crosswalk with the right of way, the pedestrian must not cross the street unless he/she can safely do so in light of oncoming traffic. The pedestrian in such circumstances must exercise due care when crossing the street. This does not mean that the driver of the vehicle cannot be held legally responsible for the pedestrian’s personal injuries, it merely means that the pedestrian must essentially prove that he/she was not negligent in crossing at the scene of the accident.
A pedestrian injured as a result of being hit by a car must demonstrate that the driver of the vehicle was negligent, which means that the driver failed to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances.
If you suffer physical injuries requiring medical treatment following a pedestrian car crash, your medical treatment will be paid for by your own motor vehicle insurance company even though you were not driving at the time of the accident. If you do not own a motor vehicle and do not live with a family member who owns a motor vehicle, you may seek payment of your medical expenses from the driver of the car that hit you. If for some reason the car was not insured, typically your health insurance would then kick in and provide coverage for your treatment, though obviously you would have to deal with co-pays and deductibles that you would not have to deal with if you are able to utilize motor vehicle insurance. Thankfully, an experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyer can make sure that the out-of-pocket expenses you incur are recovered from the negligent driver.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact one of our top Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC at (215) 875-7030 today for a free case consultation.