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Pedestrian Accident Lawyer


Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes on public highways and more than 66,000 were injured in 2013. While pedestrian crashes account for 3.3 percent of all crashes reported, they caused 13.9 percent of all traffic crash deaths.

If you or a loved one has suffered harm from a pedestrian crash, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical and hospital bills, lost wages, lost future wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and loss of life’s pleasures. However, your case must be handled correctly and competently, or you may never collect the compensation you are entitled to, no matter how seriously you were injured.

Pedestrian accident lawyer Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann knows the courts and the system and what you need to do to increase your chances of winning a good settlement. We offer a free consultation to carefully examine the individual facts in your case and determine the best way to handle it. Contact us today by calling 800-326-9259 or by using our online contact form to set up your free consultation.

What are Pennsylvania Pedestrian Laws?

Pennsylvania pedestrian laws are found in Title 75, Chapter 35 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. These laws are designed to increase safety and lessen the number of pedestrian crashes.

Some of the most important laws include:

  • Pedestrians must obey the instructions of police officers and traffic controllers.
  • If there are no traffic signals, vehicles must give right of way to pedestrian in a crosswalk or at an intersection. However, pedestrians shall not suddenly walk or run into the path of a vehicle, and if not crossing at a crosswalk or intersection, shall yield to the vehicle.
  • Pedestrians must use sidewalks if available, and if not, the shoulder or outside of the road.
  • A pedestrian on a sidewalk has the right of way, and vehicles must yield to them. However, pedestrians must yield to emergency vehicles.

Cliff Rieders wrote the book on the Financial Responsibility Law in Pennsylvania. It is available on Amazon. Cliff teaches the law to other lawyers.

Causes of Pedestrian Crashes

Unfortunately, not every driver or pedestrian adheres to the law, and crashes do result. The following are frequent errors that increase the chances of crashes:

From Drivers:

  • Failing to check a crosswalk for pedestrians or failure to notice pedestrians;
  • Running red lights or stop signs, driving too fast, turning without signaling;
  • Speeding or failing to slow down during bad conditions;
  • Distracted driving due to using phones, texting, adjusting dials, eating and drinking, putting on make-up, talking to passengers, or doing any activities that prevent concentration; and
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Errors by Pedestrians:

  • Crossing in the middle of the street instead of at a crosswalk, or darting out into the road between parked cars;
  • Ignoring traffic control devices or signs prohibiting crossing;
  • Walking with the flow of traffic instead of facing oncoming traffic;
  • Wearing earbuds or headphones that prevent hearing car horns or warning shouts; and
  • Distracted walking, due to texting, using electronic devices or phones while crossing.

Winning a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit

Pedestrians harmed in a crash with a vehicle are often entitled to compensation. However, winning a pedestrian lawsuit means proving the driver acted negligently and failed to act in a way that a reasonable person would in a similar situation.

To establish a driver’s negligence your attorney must show the driver had a “duty of care” which was breached by their actions; that this led to the crash; and harm or death occurred as a result. However, there are times when pedestrians themselves act negligently. The courts will examine all evidence in making its determination as to whether you are entitled to compensation.

In addition, Pennsylvania has a statute of limitations, stating that lawsuits to recover damages caused by the wrongful act or negligence of another must be brought within two years. For an injury case, the date when the clock starts running is the date of the accident. If death is involved, lawsuits must be brought within two years from the date of the victim’s injury or death.

Contact Us For Help and a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one was involved in a pedestrian crash due to someone else’s negligence, you have a right to receive compensation for your injuries, lost wages, medical costs, and other damages. To protect your rights and maximize compensation, it is important to have an experienced pedestrian accident attorney on your side to determine the cause of the accident and identify the responsible parties.

Many of these cases involve knowledge of the Financial Responsibility Laws. Cliff Rieders wrote the book on the subject of Financial Responsibility Laws in Pennsylvania. Questions of first party benefits, coverage for the party at fault and underinsurance are extremely important. The law is technical and complex in this field, and you need to get the correct answers.

The skilled and experienced Pennsylvania pedestrian accident attorney Clifford A. Rieders of Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann has spent decades honing his skills and successfully representing Pennsylvania families who have suffered an injury or loss due to someone else’s negligence. We offer personal attention and loyalty to every client, aggressively fighting for their right to compensation. Whether in settlement negotiations or pursuing a favorable trial verdict, we are thoroughly prepared and committed to achieving a just outcome. With our capable staff, we offer strength in numbers while providing top-notch personal service.

We have years of experience dealing with the harm that results from pedestrian crashes. As a result, we have been successful in securing substantial recoveries for legitimate claims.

Cliff Rieders is a Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. Rieders has won numerous awards and recognition from the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and he received the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority recognition award. Cliff has received the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, as well as the Milton D. Rosenberg Award from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. He is Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate. Rieders is on committees and organizations that write the law in many fields of practice. Cliff Rieders was involved in the writing of the Mcare Act, which governs medical liability actions in Pennsylvania. Cliff Rieders is admitted in state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

If you or your loved one has suffered harm from someone else’s negligence in a pedestrian crash, your next step should be to consult Cliff Rieders at Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann by calling 800-326-9259, or by using our online contact form.

Based in Williamsport, we serve clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania, offering a free consultation on all personal injury matters. More than that, we offer you experience, knowledge, compassion, and a long history of results.