Posted on January 31, 2018
Days ago, just within an hour of Lancaster County, an elderly man was struck and killed by a car while he was crossing the street. The 78-year-old was crossing the street right around lunchtime when he stepped onto the roadways and was struck by a gray Volvo traveling eastbound. Luckily, the driver stayed at the scene. The victim was transported to a hospital but was unfortunately pronounced dead later in the day.
Nearly 5,000 pedestrians die in motor vehicle accidents every year, and these numbers are alarming. On top of that, tens of thousands of pedestrians will also suffer from serious injuries every year in these horrific accidents that change lives. These accidents most commonly occur when pedestrians attempt to cross highways or streets, as seen in the example above.
What can a pedestrian do if they were struck and injured in an accident? If you are somebody who suffered losses because of another driver and their negligence, you have options. To establish that negligence actually took place, you, the plaintiff, must be able to show that the defendant owed you a duty and breached this duty, leading to your injuries. In a pedestrian accident case, a driver has a duty to stay alert at all times and watch out for pedestrians, who are more likely to be harmed if an accident takes place because they have less protections than those inside vehicles. If they breached this duty because they were driving fatigued, under the influence, or driving distracted with their eyes pulled from the roadways, you may have a claim and will be able to bring a lawsuit for damages.
In some cases, a pedestrian accident will lead to a fatality, like the mentioned accident in Philadelphia. Though you don’t want to think about something terrible like this ever happening to one of your loved ones, this is a sad reality for many families every year. If your loved one has been wrongfully killed in a pedestrian accident, you have a right to file suit on behalf of your loved one for damages like loss of income from the party, funeral and burial expenses, pain and suffering by family members, and more. These particular accidents can cause emotional turmoil for a family, and you have a right to recovery when gross negligence played a role.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, you may need options on how to move forward. At Edelstein Martin & Nelson, we want to help you every step of the way when you have suffered losses and aren’t sure of how to recover. Call us as soon as possible at 888-208-1810.