When a car and a pedestrian collide, the results are far too often devastating and even deadly. With over 5,000 people killed each year in traffic accidents, pedestrian accidents can change lives forever in just a moment. Even moving at slow speeds, the human body is not equipped to handle a collision with a two-ton projectile such as a motor vehicle.
Individuals who are involved in such accidents can face a lifetime of medical expenses. At Rehmeyer & Allatt, our attorneys help State College victims obtain the compensation they need for their long road to recovery.
It is everyone’s responsibility to behave legally and safely while at or near a roadway, but many car drivers struggle to safely operate their vehicles around pedestrians. These drivers can engage in risky behavior that contributes to accidents, often injuring or killing the pedestrians they hit. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
Within the state of Pennsylvania, legislators have passed important laws to help ensure the safety of all pedestrians at roadways or when moving with traffic. Drivers are required to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at any intersection with lights. Pedestrians are required to give the right of way to all motor vehicles on the road when not in a crosswalk, to ensure the safety of themselves and the drivers.
Pedestrians also need to walk against the flow of traffic when walking on a road without sidewalks. Unfortunately, not everyone knows these important safety laws, and this can result in dangerous consequences for both pedestrians and drivers.
Pedestrian accidents are complicated and often messy legal battles, and an experienced lawyer can make the difference. If you are injured, you can receive awards to help with medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. Call us today at 814-343-9860 for a free review and consultation of your case. You can also contact us by email.