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Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately common in Pennsylvania, and when they happen, they often lead to severe or even catastrophic injuries. Pedestrians have no means of protection — when the impact of a collision is felt, there are no materials to serve as a cushion for the force of the impact. As such, even minor collisions can give rise to serious injuries. It is therefore crucial that those who suffer injuries in pedestrian accidents secure adequate compensation to cover their medical bills and related expenses.
Many who suffer injuries in auto accidents — whether pedestrian accidents or otherwise — feel unsure about how to proceed with their legal claims. Here at Matzus Law, LLC, a seasoned Pittsburgh pedestrian accident lawyer will assist you from the very beginning of the process. We will help identify the liable parties and develop and implement an effective case strategy as you take the next steps. Contact us for a free and confidential consultation about your PA pedestrian accident case.
When drivers collide with pedestrians, there are a number of factors — negligent, reckless, or intentional — that may have contributed to the occurrence. These include the following:
For example, suppose that you are passing through a crosswalk and a driver is texting on their phone. Due to the motorist’s distracted driving, they do not notice that you are making your way through the crosswalk. They slam into you and cause you to suffer severe injuries. Given the circumstances, you could be entitled to damages pursuant to a pedestrian accident claim.
In Pennsylvania, and in state jurisdictions throughout the country, defendants who possess and control a given property may be held liable for injuries caused by various hazards — latent and otherwise — on premises. Stated simply, the state imposes a duty on those who possess and control property to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition. Those who know or should know (through inspection) of dangerous conditions of their property must repair the hazard or warn premises entrants of such hazards. Failure to do so may entitle the injured person to significant damages.
These premises liability principles apply, naturally, to many accident scenarios involving pedestrians. For example, if the city controls a pedestrian crosswalk but fails to maintain the crosswalk in a reasonably safe condition — for example, if the traffic control lights at the crosswalk are broken or otherwise defective, thus exposing pedestrians to a significant risk of injury — then the city may be held liable for injuries sustained due to that hazard.
Given the possibility of multiple defendants and theories of liability, Pennsylvania pedestrian accident lawsuits can become quite complicated. As such, it is important that you get in touch with a qualified PA personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Pittsburgh attorney Jason Matzus has over 20 years of experience representing the injured — including pedestrians — in Pennsylvania personal injury disputes and helping them secure the compensation they deserve.
Here at Matzus Law, LLC in Pittsburgh, PA, we are committed to individualized advocacy. We collaborate with clients from the beginning of the litigation process to ensure that the case is fully investigated, that we are fully updated as to the relevant facts, and that our clients are apprised of case developments. You will never be kept “in the dark” with regard to your lawsuit.
Interested in having your PA pedestrian accident claims evaluated? Call (412) 206-5300 or submit an online form through our website to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced Pittsburgh pedestrian accident attorney here at Matzus Law.
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