Pedestrian Accidents in Pennsylvania | What to Know

Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents occur more often than you may realize. In some cases, these accidents are due to inclement weather, faulty car parts, or poor road conditions. Other times, these accidents are caused by pedestrians failing to use crosswalks, failing to pay attention, and failing to follow traffic lights and signs. But, the majority of accidents are a result of driver negligence. Some of the most common forms of negligence include distracted driving, drowsy driving, driving while under the influence, and so on. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you likely deserve compensation. Read on to learn more about pedestrian accidents in Pennsylvania.

Recovering Compensation

In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. This means providing proof that your accident was caused by another party’s negligence. You can do that by calling 911 to the scene of the accident. The police can call an ambulance for you, file an accident report, and more. Additionally, you should make sure to take pictures and videos at the scene. If possible, document any damage done to the vehicles and property involved. You should be sure to go to the hospital immediately after your injury occurs. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. You should see a doctor even if you do not feel you have been seriously injured, as it is possible to sustain an injury without realizing it. Before leaving the hospital, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.

What is the Statute of Limitations in Pennsylvania?

If you are recovering from a serious injury, taking legal action may be the last thing on your mind. But, it is imperative that you do not wait too long. This is because there is a deadline known as a statute of limitations. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean failing to recover the compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to avoid missing any important deadlines.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Pennsylvania, contact our firm as soon as possible.

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