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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.