A person crossing a street at a crosswalk in a city during sunset, casting a long shadow. Buildings and parked cars line the street, and another person is walking on the sidewalk to the left. The scene in Pennsylvania is lit by the bright sunlight creating strong contrasts, reminding one to be cautious of pedestrian accidents.

Whether you’re walking for fun or to your job, if you are involved in a pedestrian accident, you are most likely severely injured. Nobody wakes up thinking such a thing will happen to them, but if it does, the consequences may be serious.  By hiring an experienced attorney, you boost your chances of recovering compensation. You may use this compensation to cover medical bills, in-home care, and more. Do not fight this legal battle alone. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents?

Pedestrian accidents may be caused by any number of things. Sleet, snow, black ice, heavy rain, and other types of inclement weather conditions are all factors of pedestrian accidents. Poor lighting and overgrown vegetation may also contribute to pedestrian accidents. However, the most significant contributor to pedestrian accidents is driver negligence. 

How do I recover compensation?

In order to recover compensation, you must prove the other party’s negligence. Here are some examples of driver negligence:

  • Texting and driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Speeding
  • Smoking and driving
  • Eating and driving
  • Disregarding traffic lights or signs
  • Driving while drowsy or fatigued
  • Ignoring other rules of the road

If you can prove that you were injured because a motorist was doing any of these things, there is a good chance you will be able to recover compensation. Fortunately, there are also certain things you can do that will help your chances of proving your claim. If you are able to record the incident or obtain security camera footage, you will most likely qualify for compensation. Additionally, it never hurts to ask anyone who witnessed the incident for their contact information, as they may help verify your claim. Lastly, you should always seek medical attention immediately after an accident occurs. A medical professional will treat your injuries and provide you with documentation regarding your injuries that you may also use to help prove your claim. Certain injuries take a couple of days to set in, so even if you do not feel pain right away, it is important you see a physician immediately. 

What are dram shop laws?

Essentially, if a business that sells alcoholic drinks serves liquor to a drinker who is obviously intoxicated or close to it, they are liable to anyone who is injured by the drunken patron or guest. If you were injured by someone who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you should qualify for compensation. 

Contact our Pennsylvania firm

If you or someone you know has sustained injuries on another party’s property due to their negligence, contact the Law Offices of Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.