Central Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING CLIENTS IN LANCASTER & YORK
At Hagelgans & Veronis, our number one priority is protecting the rights of injured people in Pennsylvania. Our attorneys have experience with nearly every type of injury claim including accidents that involve pedestrians.
Pedestrian accidents are devastating. Injuries are often severe and demand significant recovery time. In some cases, injuries result in life-altering disabilities or disfigurement that changes the victim’s life.
If you need help after an accident, call Hagelgans & Veronis for a free case consultation. We work on a contingent-fee basis, which means victims don’t pay anything unless we win their case.
Pedestrian Accidents in Pennsylvania
Pedestrian-related crashes represent a small percentage of total reported traffic crashes in Pennsylvania, but they account for a sizable portion of traffic fatalities.
In Pennsylvania, personal injury protection (PIP) is a mandatory coverage for all drivers. This coverage is also available to injured pedestrians.
However, not all pedestrians have an insurance policy or enough insurance coverage. In this case, victims may be able to use a family member’ policy or file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
According to Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations, pedestrians have two years to file a claim from the date of injury. Claims made after this time are commonly dismissed.
Compensation Available to Victims
Injured pedestrians may be entitled to compensation. This is true regardless of what type of insurance (i.e., full tort or limited tort) the victim has at the time of the accident.
Pedestrian accidents are one of six non-injury related exceptions that allow a victim to step outside limited-tort insurance restrictions. In addition to economic damages, victims may also seek noneconomic compensation.
- Economic damages – medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, medical equipment, etc.
- Noneconomic damages – pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, etc.
In some cases, victims may be eligible to recover punitive damages as well.
Compensation is available to victims who can prove the other driver’s negligence caused the injury.
Proving fault typically involves eyewitnesses, expert testimony, surveillance recordings, medical records, police reports, and so on.
Victims can share fault, but are not necessarily barred from recovering damages due to Pennsylvania comparative negligence laws.
If, for example, the pedestrian was jaywalking when the crash occurred, they may share fault and compensation will be reduced proportionally.
Our experienced injury lawyers will work hard to protect your rights and prove your claim. You and your loved ones shouldn’t have to struggle because of someone else’s negligence.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
At Hagelgans & Veronis, we understand that some pedestrian-accident victims may be struggling financially. Regardless of income, injured people have rights, and our law firm can help protect those rights.
Our team works on a contingent-fee basis. Even if you don’t think you can afford an attorney, call us to discuss your legal options. Victims don’t pay anything until we win their case.
More importantly, working with an experienced injury lawyer can help ensure comprehensive compensation while aiding family members through the legal process.
Plus, we evaluate the long-term needs of victims to ensure compensation is available for future medical costs, pain and suffering, and other relevant expenses.
Without a lawyer, accident victims may settle for less or be unaware of other insurance sources. With Hagelgans & Veronis on your side, no money is left of the table.