Pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of our nation’s roads. When they are struck by motor vehicles, the results are often catastrophic. Unfortunately, it happens far too often in Pennsylvania. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured after being struck by a car or truck, you are likely dealing with severe injuries, substantial medical expenses, and extreme frustration.
At Youman & Caputo, our attorneys can help. We have significant experience representing the seriously injured throughout Pennsylvania and have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
Pedestrians are not afforded any protection when struck by passenger or commercial vehicles. Therefore, they often sustain devastating injuries, even in relatively low-speed collisions. This can include:
As with any case, the more severe the injury, the greater the financial burden it brings. Severe injuries lead to significant medical expenses, more time away from work, and a higher potential of lasting disability. While an attorney can help in any case involving injury, it is especially important to work with an experienced attorney in cases involving major injuries. A Philadelphia catastrophic injury attorney can help connect you with medical experts, fully document your injuries, and build a strong case to maximize your compensation.
At the national level, approximately one pedestrian is killed every 75 minutes in the United States. In Pennsylvania, thousands of pedestrians are injured and well over 100 are killed each year after being struck by motor vehicles. Sadly, nearly all of these incidents are entirely preventable. Unsafe driving behaviors such as speeding, cell phone use, distraction, inattention, and failure to obey traffic signs and signals can all result in severe injury to a pedestrian. According to PENNDot, nearly 37 percent of pedestrians are struck while crossing the street, either at an intersection, midblock, or at a driveway crossing.
Under Pennsylvania State law Ch. 55 § 5524, you have two years to bring an action against the driver or other responsible party after a pedestrian accident. While that may seem like a long time, it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as you are able for several reasons.
In cases involving severe injury, liability may not be initially clear. Your attorneys will need time to both identify all potentially liable parties and build strong cases that demonstrate their responsibility. As time passes, important evidence at the scene of the accident may disappear and eyewitnesses may be difficult to find or become unreliable.
If you or a loved one have suffered severe injuries after being struck by a motor vehicle in Pennsylvania, the pedestrian accident attorneys at Youman & Caputo can help. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation. We handle all pedestrian and motor vehicle accident cases in Philadelphia on a contingency fee basis and charge no fees unless we win.