A pedestrian accident is an accident in which an individual, who is operating a vehicle, strikes a pedestrian. These accidents commonly occur near malls, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, sporting events, in school zones, and other places that have a high volume of foot traffic.
If you or a loved one has been struck by a vehicle due to a negligent driver, contact an auto accident lawyer who can help you recover adequate compensation for the physical and emotional pain you have been forced to endure.
Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Being hit by a vehicle can have a devastating impact on your life. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to recover compensation for the cost of your injuries, as well as the physical and emotional impact they have had on your life.
Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC represents the victims of pedestrian accidents throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We are based in Philadelphia and serve clients in the surrounding areas of Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks and Chester Counties.
Overview on Pedestrian Accidents in Pennsylvania
- Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Philadelphia
- Types of Recoverable Damages
- How Can I Prove That The Driver Was Responsible for my Pedestrian Accident?
- Working the Best Pedestrian Accident Personal Injury Lawyer in Chester County
Most pedestrian accidents can be attributed to negligence on the part of the driver. Incidents that commonly lead to pedestrian accidents in Philadelphia include:
- A driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- A driver who ran a red light or stop sign
- A driver failed to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk
- A driver was distracted and did not see the pedestrian
- A driver was driving to fast in a parking lot
- A driver was operating a vehicle recklessly
An accident involving a pedestrian has the potential to lead to serious injuries. Some of the most common injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident include broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, severed limbs, or even death.
As a result of your injuries, you may suffer economic and/or non-economic damages. Economic damages include medical bills, lost wages, lost capacity to earn an income, and other measurable losses.
Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional trauma, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, overall decrease in the quality of life, and other non-measurable losses.
In some cases, the court will award the plaintiff punitive damages, which is extra compensation that is designed to further punish the defendant for extreme acts of negligence.
In order to be awarded compensation for your injuries, you and your attorney must be able to prove that the other party acted negligently, and his or her actions led to the accident. To successfully prove negligence, your attorney must prove four elements:
- Duty: The negligent party had a duty to act or drive a certain way
- Breach: The negligent party breached his or her duty
- Causation: The negligent party’s actions were the cause of the accident
- Damages: The plaintiff suffered compensable damages as a result of the accident
In a civil suit, the plaintiff only has to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant was responsible for the incident. This means that if the evidence weighs in your favor (more than 50%) you can be awarded compensation.
If you were hit by a car as a pedestrian, and your accident was caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to recover damages for the losses you have suffered.
Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC serves clients in and around New Jersey, Philadelphia, Chest County, Bucks County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and the surrounding areas in Pennsylvania who have been injured in pedestrian accidents. Contact us today at (215) 665-1695 to schedule a consultation on your personal injury claim.