Pennsauken Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Drivers should always be careful when driving near sidewalks and crosswalks, but it’s especially important for them to do so in urban areas like Pennsauken Township. Not everyone with a driver’s license can be trusted to meet the legal “duty of care” that a license imposes on them, and as you may have learned the hard way recently, that sometimes leads to traffic accidents resulting in life-altering injuries.

Collisions between motor vehicles and pedestrians almost always have much worse outcomes for pedestrians compared to anyone else involved. Successfully filing suit over this sort of incident can be hard without help from a seasoned personal injury attorney. Fortunately, a Pennsauken pedestrian accident lawyer at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers is ready and available to help you get paid what you deserve. Our team recently secured $430,000 in total settlements for a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle who suffered a pelvic fracture.

Common Causes and Effects of Pedestrian Collisions

Many of the same types of “negligence” behind the wheel that can lead to collisions between motor vehicles can also lead to a driver striking and injuring a pedestrian. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Driving while drunk or high
  • Driving without headlights on at night
  • Failure to yield, especially to pedestrians who are already in a crosswalk
  • Texting while driving or being distracted behind the wheel in some other way

All the behaviors listed above qualify as a “breach” of the duty of care that every driver has to act lawfully and responsibly while driving. Anyone who causes an injury serious enough to need professional medical care through a “breach of duty” is “negligent” and may be legally responsible for an injured person’s damages. A skilled Pennsauken attorney can pursue compensation for all your losses resulting from a pedestrian accident, from temporary injuries like broken bones and ligament tears to permanent injuries like spinal cord damage and severe brain trauma.

Are Drivers Always Legally at Fault for Pedestrian Crashes?

Just because you’re more likely to get hurt in a wreck than any motor vehicle driver who runs into you doesn’t make the driver who hit you automatically responsible for your injuries. It’s not uncommon for drivers to accuse pedestrians of being partially at fault for their injuries because they did something negligent, like stepping out into traffic suddenly or entering a crosswalk without a signal. Fighting allegations of “comparative fault” along these lines is one of many things our experienced pedestrian injury lawyers in Pennsauken will help with during your claim.

A qualified legal professional may also be able to help identify other people besides the driver who hit you that may hold civil liability for your accident. For example, suppose a pedestrian crash happens in part because a local government body didn’t keep a crosswalk signal in safe condition. In that case, that government body might hold some of the fault in legal terms for the damages you’ve suffered from being hit by a car as a pedestrian.

A Pennsauken Pedestrian Accident Attorney Can Help You Recover

Everyone deserves to be treated with respect on the road, including and especially pedestrians who are walking lawfully near or across one. If you’ve been seriously hurt because a driver failed to respect you, you likely have the right to seek payments from them for every form of harm their actions caused you.

You also have help available from a respected Pennsauken pedestrian accident lawyer with years of experience fighting—and winning—cases much like yours. Call Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers today to set up a free case review and discuss the specifics of your case with one of our capable legal professionals.