What to do After a Pedestrian Accident in Pennsylvania

People walk every day to get to where they need to be. Others may use walking as a form of exercise. While this is an everyday activity, it is important to be careful in doing so. This is because it is possible for an accident to occur between a pedestrian and an automobile. Cars are offered a significant amount of protection during an accident whereas pedestrians are not. It is because of this that they can sustain serious injuries that can impact the rest of their life.

When a pedestrian is harmed in an accident with an automobile, it is possible for them to receive compensation. This compensation can provide coverage for any medical bills, lost wages, or emotional suffering that occur as a result of the accident. With this, the injured party can focus on their recovery instead of their financial situation.

Personal Injury Protection

When a person is injured in a pedestrian accident by an automobile, they may be covered by Personal Injury Protection (PIP). PIP is no-fault insurance that is carried by most insurance policies. It exists to provide compensation for those who are involved in accidents with a vehicle. The compensation provides coverage for expenses due to the accident. It is important to know that this can be received by any victim of an accident regardless of who is at fault for causing it.

A victim of an accident can receive further compensation if PIP does not cover all the necessary costs. This is possible through a personal injury lawsuit. Through this, the injured victim can hold the negligent party responsible for the actions that caused the accident. If found guilty, the driver may owe additional compensation to the injured party.

Proving Negligence

In order to prove a driver as negligent, the injured party must show that the accident and their injuries were a direct result of the driver’s behavior. Negligent driving can cover the following actions: using a phone while driving, driving under the influence, reckless driving, speeding, and more. 

There are some cases in which a third party is the cause of an accident. This may be if the vehicle manufacturer or a municipality was negligent. In these situations, the injured party may be able to pursue a lawsuit against these parties to receive compensation. This can include economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover medical bills and lost wages while non-economic damages cover emotional traumas such as pain and suffering.

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