Every person who drives on public roads in Pennsylvania has a legal duty to watch out for other drivers and obey traffic rules. They also have a responsibility to keep an eye out for pedestrians in crosswalks or on sidewalks nearby. Drivers that fail to live up to this responsibility can cause life-changing harm to those on foot.
If you or a loved one suffered severe injuries after being hit by a careless or reckless driver, get the help and support you need from a Hershey pedestrian accident lawyer. At Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers, our well-known attorneys will fight like hell and demand that you are paid fairly for your injuries. Founding Partner Jon Ostroff and the rest of our legal team have won cases for clients throughout Pennsylvania, including $438,000 recovered from multiple insurance companies for a pedestrian struck by a car and killed in Crawford County. In another case in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, we assisted a pedestrian in obtaining a $110,000 settlement after being struck as a pedestrian by a speeding vehicle, resulting in a concussion, fractured clavicle (aka “collarbone”), and a broken vertebra.
How Fault Works in Pedestrian Accident Cases
Pedestrians are at a far greater risk of suffering severe harm in collisions than motorists or passengers. However, drivers involved in these kinds of accidents are not automatically considered legally at fault. You still must prove “negligence” to get paid for your injuries, which means proving that all the following facts are true for your specific situation:
- The “defendant”—the person being sued—owed you a duty to act responsibly under the circumstances
- The defendant violated their duty by doing something careless or reckless, like breaking a traffic law or driving while distracted
- The defendant’s careless or reckless action directly caused an accident that likely wouldn’t have happened if they had been acting responsibly
- The losses you want to be paid for were all caused directly by the accident
On top of that, injured pedestrians often must prove they weren’t to blame themselves for causing their own injuries or making them worse through their own negligence—for example, by entering a crosswalk when they didn’t have a “walk” signal. Our skilled pedestrian accident attorneys in Hershey can explain how these legal concepts might affect your claim during a free initial meeting.
Compensation for Pedestrian Injuries in Hershey
You can demand the driver who hit you pay for every form of harm your injuries cause both now and in the future. This could include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of life’s pleasures
- Psychological distress
- All medical bills
- Personal property damage
- Missed work wages and lost ability to work in the future
Sometimes, a court may make the reckless driver pay additional punitive damages to punish them for what they did. A local pedestrian crash lawyer at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers can explain what damages may be available in your case and fight to ensure you are paid fairly for your injuries.
Talk to a Hershey Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
Even if you are careful when crossing the street, a reckless or careless driver could still injure you in a life-changing way. Fortunately, you have the right to work with an experienced attorney on a lawsuit to compensate you for your losses. You should not have to pay for expenses caused by someone else’s negligence.
A winning Hershey pedestrian accident lawyer will give you the best chances of getting the money you deserve. Call Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers today to discuss your case in a free consultation.