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Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Providing the Level of Attention Your Case Deserves
Pedestrians struck by cars or trucks are at a high risk for serious injury, because there is nothing to protect them from the force of impact during a collision. Pedestrian accident injuries include blunt force trauma, broken bones, brain injury, and sometimes even paralysis or death. Accidents involving pedestrians tend to occur most commonly at intersections and in parking lots.
If you've been injured in a pedestrian accident in Pennsylvania, contact an experienced Harrisburg personal injury lawyer at Metzger Wickersham today. We can explain your rights and help you explore all avenues of compensation for your injuries.
With a large support staff, and the extensive resources of a firm that's been around since 1888, our Harrisburg pedestrian accident lawyers can represent a variety of injuries.
Pedestrian Laws in Pennsylvania
Drivers always have a duty to be on the lookout for pedestrians. Driver responsibilities include yielding to pedestrians in cross-walks and at intersections, obeying speed limits, using turn signals and staying alert to surroundings. Although driver negligence causes many pedestrian accidents, it's important to remember that pedestrians also have a responsibility to be cautious when sharing the road.
- Pedestrians have the right of way at cross-walks and at intersections where there are no traffic signals
- Pedestrians have the right of way when walking on sidewalks that extend across roads, alleys or driveways
- It is unlawful to walk on a roadway if there is a sidewalk available to be used
- If no sidewalk is available, pedestrians must remain on the shoulder or edge of the road, as far away from traffic as possible; if it's a two-way road you should walk on the left side
- Pedestrians must yield to motorists when walking along the side of a roadway
- In urban areas, pedestrians cannot cross the street at any place except a marked crosswalk between intersections
- Pedestrians cannot cross an intersection diagonally (also known as jay-walking) unless they have received authorization to do so from a police officer or other traffic control person
Drivers and pedestrians can both play a part in avoiding accidents by following basic safety precautions and following the rules of the road.
Pedestrian Accident FAQ
At Metzger Wickersham, our attorneys handle all types of personal injury cases in Pennsylvania. We have dealt with many cases involving pedestrians who have been injured or killed in serious car and truck accidents. We know how difficult these types of accidents are for victims and their families, and our experienced attorneys are ready to help at any stage of the legal process.
Why should I hire a Pennsylvania pedestrian accident lawyer?
Hiring a lawyer can dramatically increase your chances of receiving compensation for your accident, especially if you believe somebody else was at fault. You may have been lawfully crossing an intersection at a crosswalk when a drunk driver sped through a red light.
You might have been struck by a texting driver in a parking lot. If negligence was a factor in your accident, you could be entitled to more compensation than the insurance company might want you to believe. A pedestrian accident attorney will advocate for your rights and level the playing field with the insurance company.
I wasn't at fault. Can I file a lawsuit after my accident?
Pedestrians have legal rights. These include the right to share the road with cars, trucks and other vehicles. Unfortunately, negligent actions such as speeding, distracted driving or driving under the influence often cause or contribute to pedestrian accidents. If you were injured as a pedestrian through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation.
In certain circumstances, an attorney may be able to negotiate with the insurance company to obtain a settlement on your behalf. In other instances, a lawsuit may need to be filed. If you've been in a pedestrian accident, contact a law firm that's familiar with pedestrian accident cases. An experienced attorney can review the particular facts of your case and walk you through the appropriate actions to take against any at-fault parties.
How much time after I'm injured do I have to file a lawsuit?
The "statute of limitations" in each state governs the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. Generally speaking, Pennsylvania has a 2-year statute of limitations for claims against the operator of a motor vehicle who causes injury to a pedestrian. Keep in mind that a failure to file any claim you may have in a timely manner could result in your claim being forever barred.
How much does an attorney cost in Pennsylvania?
At Metzger Wickersham, we understand that people who are injured through no fault of their own may be struggling financially. For this reason, we provide legal representation on a contingency fee basis. This means that clients do not pay any attorneys' fees unless we receive a favorable settlement or award for them. In others words, you do not pay unless we win your case.
What is my pedestrian accident case worth in Pennsylvania?
Every case is fact-specific. Unique injuries and circumstances surround each accident. An attorney cannot place a value on your injury claim until they thoroughly investigate and review the details of your case. At Metzger Wickersham, we work one-on-one with clients to build the most solid and successful legal strategy possible. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you or a loved one with a pedestrian accident case.