While anyone involved in a traffic accident can suffer a serious injury, pedestrians struck by moving vehicles have an especially high risk of life-altering harm. The physical, financial, and emotional toll of an accident can affect you and your family for years to come.
At Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers, we understand how devastating these incidents can be and are committed to fighting for victims and their families. For instance, we recently recovered $438,000 from multiple insurance companies for a pedestrian client injured in Lehigh Valley. If you were injured or lost a loved one due to a negligent driver, reach out to our Bethlehem pedestrian accident lawyers to pursue the money you deserve for your harm and losses. Founding Partner Jon Ostroff and our respected injury law team are prepared to fight for you.
Common Injuries from Pedestrian Crashes
Passengers of modern motor vehicles have airbags, seatbelts, and other safety features built specifically to protect them from getting hurt in traffic accidents. However, a person walking near a road or crossing a crosswalk has almost nothing between them and oncoming vehicles. Unfortunately, this means that pedestrian accident victims may end up permanently disabled or disfigured after being run down by a truck or car. Common injuries include traumatic brain damage, spinal cord damage, and internal organ injuries.
Even relatively “minor” accidents that cause broken bones, ligament tears, or deep cuts and bruises can still prevent you from working and lead to a pile of expensive medical bills. You may also suffer a significant amount of physical pain and psychological trauma. A Bethlehem pedestrian accident attorney at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers firm can pursue payments to cover these losses either by settlement or if necessary, a trial verdict.
Who is at Fault for a Pedestrian Accident?
Drivers involved in pedestrian crashes usually do not end up seriously hurt. However, they are not automatically responsible for a pedestrian’s injuries. Your lawyer must prove that the driver was negligent, such as by disobeying traffic laws or not paying attention, to win your pedestrian accident case.
If a civil court determines that a pedestrian is partially to blame for a truck or car running them over, the court may assign you a percentage of total fault for the incident. This will reduce the value of your damage award by that same percentage. If you are found more at fault for your accident than all defendants in the lawsuit combined, 42 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes §7102 prevents you from getting any compensation at all. At Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers, our Bethlehem pedestrian injury lawyers know how to fight allegations of partial fault and secure the payments you deserve.
Seek Help from a Bethlehem Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Even if you are careful and follow all the laws when crossing the street, you cannot always account for negligent motorists. If you or a loved one were hit by a motor vehicle, you deserve compensation for all of your harm and financial losses caused to you by a reckless driver.
Bringing a lawsuit can be difficult, especially when you are recovering from severe injuries. A Bethlehem pedestrian accident lawyer at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers can handle every aspect of your case while you focus on healing. We do not charge for an initial meeting, so give us a call today to discuss your situation.