When a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle, there is a high chance of serious bodily injury and even death. It is important that all drivers exercise caution when getting behind the wheel of a car. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. Pedestrians are often struck and seriously injured due to the negligence and recklessness of careless drivers. Most pedestrian accidents occur due to: inattentiveness, failure to obey posted speed limits, failure to abide by posted traffic signals, intoxication, driver distraction, and texting. But these are just a few of the many factors that may result in a pedestrian being struck by a car. If you are struck by a car, you may be entitled to damages resulting from your injuries. These damages include, but are not limited to, medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, physical disability, and wrongful death.
Although pedestrian accidents are different than motor vehicle accidents, they are somewhat similar in the way they should be handled. If you are ever struck by a motor vehicle, you should immediately seek medical attention. Additionally, it is important to remain at the scene of the accident and quickly call the police. If possible, make sure to get all of the driver’s information and write it down including: name, insurance information, make and model of car, and license plate number. Also, try to record the names and numbers of any witnesses to the accident. Finally, contact a knowledgeable lawyer who is familiar with these types of accidents. Chester County attorney John P. Winicov is an experienced lawyer who is well versed in this area of personal injury law.