Lancaster Firm Assists Pedestrians Injured in Traffic Accidents
Putting your life back together after a pedestrian accident
Walking is a main form of transportation for many folks in Lancaster County. In addition, the opportunity to meander around our beautiful town and along our bucolic country roads draws tourists to our area and supports our local economy. Pedestrians, however, are in constant risk of injury on Pennsylvania’s roadways, crosswalks and sidewalks. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reports that 148 pedestrians were killed and another 4,474 were injured in Pennsylvania traffic accidents in 2010.
Georgelis Law Firm, P.C., a local Lancaster firm, focuses on personal injury cases. Our team gives you the personal attention you deserve as we aggressively pursue your claim.
Pennsylvania and Lancaster County pedestrian codes
State and municipal governments have passed measures designed to protect pedestrians from injuries. The Pennsylvania Vehicle Code addresses the rights and duties of pedestrians. The Lancaster County Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan creates policies that support a pedestrian-friendly community. Even with these regulations in place, you still face injury when drivers:
- Ignore crosswalks and street signs
- Are distracted by texting, talking on the phone and sightseeing
- Drive recklessly
- Drive while intoxicated
Government agencies may be liable for hazardous conditions, including unsafe intersections and uneven and cracked sidewalks.
Taking action to protect yourself
Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to catastrophic injuries such as brain trauma and spinal cord damage because they have nothing to protect them during an accident. You can take steps to protect yourself from injury by:
- Wearing bright-colored clothing to increase visibility
- Using a flashlight and reflectors while walking at night
- Walking on sidewalks whenever possible
- Crossing the road only at intersections and designated crosswalks
- Obeying traffic laws
- Paying attention to the road and cars
- Avoiding cellphone use and texting while walking
- Teaching children about pedestrian safety
Your right to compensation after a pedestrian accident
If a driver ran into you, you should seek immediate medical attention, both for your health and your legal claim. Symptoms of injuries do not always manifest right away, yet early diagnosis and rehabilitation might be vital to your physical recovery. A doctor’s report also helps provide evidence of the nature and extent of your injuries.
Our lawyers negotiate with the negligent driver’s auto insurance company for your full compensation. If the driver fled the scene — which is common in pedestrian accidents — your own insurance policy may cover your injuries. We also consider lawsuits against the city, county, state or private entities whose negligence contributed to your accident.
Contact our legal team about recovering for your pedestrian injuries
For more information about compensation for pedestrian accidents, call Georgelis Law Firm, P.C. at 717-394-3004 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. Because accidents often occur outside of regular business hours, we make ourselves available in the evenings and on weekends to meet with you right away. We also make home, hospital and rehabilitation center visits if you cannot come to us. Free parking is available at our law office.