What Should I do After a Pedestrian Accident in Pennsylvania?

Many people, especially in Pennsylvania’s more urban areas walk from place to place as their primary means of transportation. While many of us do so without incident, there are times where pedestrians are seriously injured in accidents. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help you recover from your wrongly-sustained injuries. Please read on and reach out to our experienced Pennsylvania pedestrian accident attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents?

Pedestrian accidents can be caused by several different factors. For example, with the winter season upon us, snow and ice may cause cars to go skidding off the road and into unsuspecting pedestrians. Additionally, these accidents are sometimes caused by defective car parts, or even poor road conditions. Unfortunately, the most common, albeit most preventable cause of pedestrian accidents is driver negligence.

What should I do after being injured in a pedestrian accident?

After a pedestrian accident, the first thing you should do is call the police. They will send an ambulance, as well as write up a report of the accident, which you may use to prove your personal injury claim. As long as you are still physically capable, you should ask any witnesses of the accident for their contact information, as well as take pictures of the safety hazard that caused your accident while you wait for the ambulance to arrive. Once it does, a medical professional will treat your injuries, as well as provide you with documentation detailing the extent and origin of your injuries. Lastly, though perhaps most importantly, you should retain the services of a knowledgeable attorney who is ready to fight for your rights.

How long will I have to sue a negligent motorist in Pennsylvania?

Individuals in Pennsylvania are granted a certain period of time to take legal action against an offending party. This timeframe is known as the “statute of limitations.” Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania is two years, you will have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against a negligent motorist. If you wait any longer than two years, you will most likely be denied your right to sue. Our firm is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.

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Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.