Norristown is a beautiful city and a wonderful place to explore on foot. There is so much history to take in and sometimes, you just want to get some fresh air and relax. Whenever you are out walking, we know the last thing you think about is getting hurt.
Unfortunately, sometimes accidents happen. If a driver is reckless on the roadway and hits us while we are walking, the injuries can be severe. If this has happened to you or a loved one, you may need a pedestrian accident lawyer. Let the experienced attorneys at the Dan Doyle Law Group help you through this tough time.
Let’s talk about Pennsylvania pedestrian accident statistics. Many pedestrian accidents occurred while pedestrians were entering crossings at an intersection, mid-block crossing, or driveway entrance. These incidents accounted for 41 percent of all pedestrian accidents and 44 percent of fatalities. While most of them had the right-of-way, vehicle drivers didn’t see them. Almost 30 percent of pedestrian accidents happened when people were walking, jogging, or simply playing.
While the majority of pedestrian accidents happened in larger cities, the fatality and injury rate tends to be higher in townships due to higher average speeds of vehicles in those areas.
Why They Happen
We recognize that sometimes accidents happen and they are nobody’s fault. We also know that when a driver is impaired by drugs or alcohol they are much more likely to strike pedestrians on or near the roadway. More and more, drivers are distracted by their phones or other devices, causing them to take their eyes off the roadway. This can lead to serious injuries to people nearby.
When a vehicle hits a person, the potential for damage is high regardless of the speed. The human body doesn’t have much defense against a vehicle that weights thousands of pounds. Common types of injuries include bone dislocations and fractures, soft tissue damage, as well as internal and head injuries.
All of these can lead to long hospital stays and even rehabilitation. If this causes you to miss work and lose income, the livelihood of you and your family could be in jeopardy.
What To Do
If you or a loved one been injured while walking down a street or sidewalk, or even a parking lot, make sure you seek medical treatment immediately. No matter how minor an injury may seem, some internal or head injuries do not show symptoms until hours after the initial accident. Please report the accident to the police and get copies of all reports relating to the situation.
You may need a Norristown pedestrian accident attorney. We advise you not to speak with insurance companies until you seek legal advice from attorneys experienced in these types of accidents. No matter how major or minor the injuries, the Dan Doyle Law Group is ready help you through this process, from handling insurance companies to medical claims.
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