Fault And Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrians are injured in pedestrian-car collisions for a variety of reasons, from road crossings that are unsafe to distracted driving behaviors. Those at the highest risk of pedestrian injuries are those who are elderly or young and individuals with disabilities. While pedestrians are allowed the right of way in many situations, there is also the possibility of a pedestrian carrying a percent of the negligence for a Pennsylvania collision.
After a pedestrian injury, discussing damage compensation will likely be part of your healing process. Talk to a Bucks County personal injury attorney about what options you have and how much your claim is worth, given the documentation you currently have. The value of your claim could grow, if more evidence is able to be gathered. Each situation needs to be assessed individually.
At-Fault Drivers and Pedestrian Negligence
It is common for the driver of the vehicle to be at fault when pedestrian-auto accidents occur. Accidents have happened and pedestrians have been injured when a driver was distracted through mobile phone use or failed to yield in situations where individuals walking across the street technically had the right of way. And of course, when drivers are breaking the law, running through traffic signals, speeding, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they are held accountable.
But there are laws that pedestrians are required to follow as well. Individuals who travel around Pennsylvania and New Jersey on foot are required to follow road rules. If a person is injured when they walk or run into traffic and ignore signs and signals, they could be determined to be negligent.
The answer to who was negligent is not always clear cut, there are times when both the car driver and the person walking carry a level of responsibility. Pennsylvania follows comparative fault rules, meaning each party can carry a percentage of fault which impacts their compensation amount. And the rule in Pennsylvania is that if a party is over 51% responsible, they are not eligible for compensation.
Comparative Fault and Your Case
Comparative fault cases can be complicated, connect with a Bucks County personal injury attorney to have a legal professional fighting for your right to damage recovery as a result of your pedestrian accident injury. Fault assignments and recovery options differ from state to state. When it comes to personal injury law, you need a local law professional who is advocating for you.
Is it time for you to access the financial award you need to put pedestrian injury expenses behind you? The seasoned legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand can help. Our attorneys are skilled at determining fault, gathering evidence, and strategizing the best path forward for our clients. If you were hurt when struck by a vehicle in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, compensation for medical care and other damages could be in reach. Have a legal professional assess your past, current, and future expenses to determine the range of compensation that would be full and fair. Secure the legal support you need, call 215-968-6602.