Receiving Compensation After a Pedestrian Accident in Pennsylvania

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July 17, 2019
Legally Reviewed By Attorney Rand Spear, Esq.

Walking is an everyday activity that should never end in injury. However, accidents do happen. Sometimes, an accident can occur between a pedestrian and an automobile. Unfortunately, pedestrians do not have the same type of protection that cars offer their drivers. This is why accidents between the two can be very dangerous and cause injuries that impact victims for the rest of their life. It is because of this that pedestrians should be careful and always pay attention while they are walking.

When an accident happens between a pedestrian and a vehicle, victims may be able to receive compensation. This exists to provide coverage for expenses that stem from the accident, including medical bills, lost wages, or emotional suffering. With this, victims can direct their attention on recovering instead of worrying about affording these costs.

Personal Injury Protection

It is important to know that Personal Injury Protection (PIP) exists in the event of an accident with an automobile. PIP is a type of no-fault insurance that the majority of insurance policies have for those who are injured in automobile accidents. This can include pedestrians who are involved in accidents with vehicles. A pedestrian may be covered by PIP and receive compensation for any additional costs as a result of the accident. PIP is available to victims regardless of who is at fault for causing the accident.

Victims are able to receive further compensation if PIP does not cover all the necessary expenses. This is attainable through a personal injury lawsuit. If the accident was caused by a negligent driver, this can hold them responsible for their behavior that caused the accident. In the event that the driver is found guilty, they may owe the injured person additional compensation.

Proving Negligence

When an injured pedestrian wants to hold a driver negligent, they can do so through a personal injury lawsuit. In order to prove negligence, they must show the accidents and their injuries happened directly because of the driver’s behavior. Negligent driving can include actions such as using a phone while driving, driving under the influence, reckless driving, speeding, and more.

There are some cases in which a third party may be the cause of an accident. If the vehicle manufacturer or municipality was negligent, they can be held liable. In these situations, the injured party can still pursue a lawsuit to receive compensation. This can cover economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages provide coverage for medical bills and lost wages while non-economic damages exist for emotional traumas such as pain and suffering.

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If you or a loved one has been in a personal injury accident in Pennsylvania, it’s important that you contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney to help you with your case. Contact Spear Greenfield to get the right attorney in your corner.