There are few accidents more devastating to individuals and their families than pedestrian accidents. These auto accidents are so damaging because pedestrians are afforded very little protection from the sheer size, weight, and speed of motor vehicles. In certain cases, these accidents are not entirely anyone’s fault, such as when a car slides off the road due to snow/ice or other poor road conditions, however, in many cases, these accidents occur as a direct result of driver negligence. When drivers fail to follow the rules and regulations of the road by texting while driving, driving while under the influence, or otherwise act negligently, serious accidents can occur. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney to learn more about pedestrian accidents, what to do after being hurt in one, and how our firm can help you through every step of the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What should I do if I am struck and injured in a pedestrian accident?
If you are hurt in a pedestrian accident, you should take the following steps, as long as you are physically capable of doing so:
- Call the police, as they will send an ambulance, which you will most likely need.
- Ask any witnesses for their contact information.
- Ensure you receive the driver’s insurance information, and if he or she drives away, try to get the license plate number.
- Take pictures of the accident, as well as your injury.
- Obtain all medical documentation regarding your injuries after you have been treated in the hospital.
- Retain the services of an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who can work to uncover all other evidence to satisfy the burden of proof on your behalf.
How long will I have to sue another driver for an injury in Pennsylvania?
After a pedestrian accident, you will have to file your personal injury claim within Pennsylvania’s two-year statute of limitations. This means that you must file your claim within two years of the date of your accident, for if you do not, you will most likely be permanently barred from suing. We can get started as soon as you give us a call.
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