A Pennsylvania woman was killed in a pedestrian accident in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was walking on the shoulder of the road when an SUV struck and killed her. The accident happened when the driver of the vehicle suddenly swerved onto the shoulder of the roadway. The cause of the loss of control is unclear and the accident is under investigation.
Everyone is at risk for pedestrian accidents, especially the elderly and children. At high risk are pedestrians who walk along a busy highway and those who cross busy intersections in a city. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, on average, one pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 115 minutes and injured in a vehicle crash every 8 minutes.
Determining the cause of fault in a pedestrian accident is a complex process. Pedestrian accident lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm work vigorously to determine the cause of fault in a client's pedestrian accident. If you or a loved one has been struck by a vehicle, fault is determined by the law of negligence. Motorists must exercise reasonable care under the circumstances when driving. If a driver fails to exercise this standard and negligently inflicts damage to another person or property, the person guilty of negligence must pay compensation for the negligent conduct. Negligent operation of a motor vehicle may be due to:
- Failing to yield for pedestrian in crosswalks;
- Backing out of parking spaces without looking;
- Speeding in areas where pedestrians walk;
- Turning right at red light and not looking for pedestrians;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or prescription drugs;
- Driving knowing that a medical condition may cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
If you find yourself to be the victim of a pedestrian accident, we encourage you to contact a pedestrian accident law firm. The Lassen Law Firm, personal injury lawyers in Philadelphia, serves the injured and their families in Pennsylvania. We investigate every detail and possible cause of the accident so that you recover full compensation for pain, suffering, and other losses. The Lassen Law Firm represents pedestrian accident victims on a contingency fee basis – we do not get paid unless we win your case. Call us now to discuss your case.