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The examples of pedestrian accident settlements shared below range from $250,000 to $7 million dollars – with an average settlement of $2,560,000. As there are no two cases alike, averages should not be considered “expected settlements”. If you or someone you care for has been hurt in a pedestrian accident, the #1 question you may be asking yourself is “how much can I expect in a pedestrian accident settlement?”. A number of factors influence the answer to that question, such as the severity of the injury, medical costs, lost wages, and who is liable. With the help of a qualified pedestrian accident attorney, you can increase your chances of recovering a favorable payout on your case.
While a fairly commonplace activity – crossing a roadway is inherently dangerous. Along with ensuring you are crossing in a correct location, and observing traffic rules and right of way – the wildcard is the drivers who are also using the road you’re attempting to cross. Distracted driving, poor visibility, excessive speed, improper attention, and a variety of other factors can cause accidents between automobiles and pedestrians. Ensuring a pedestrian accident case payout that not only covers your medical care but also compensates you for time off work, future therapy, and other factors that arise after an accident takes an experienced pedestrian accident attorney. That’s where The Pearce Law Firm can help.
What is included in Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Payout:
- Medical Costs. Your current, past, and future medical care costs can be factored into your settlement. Gathering evidence and statements from experts on cases like yours is part of the job of our job as your pedestrian accident lawyers. These statements and records can help us ensure you (or your loved one) are taken care of after an accident.
- Pain and suffering. In Pennsylvania, there are a variety of rules that either limit the amount that can be collected, or change what you’re entitled to after you’re hit by a car based on how much “fault” can be assigned to any other parties involved(called comparative negligence), including yourself is applicable (called contributory negligence). It can be hard to wade through all of the rules and contingencies on your own. We can help.
- Emotional Distress – such as anxiety, PTSD, or depression. Injuries after a pedestrian accident are not just limited to the physical. If you suffer from PTSD or anxiety after your accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
- Caregiver Compensation. If you’re hurt and need care from either skilled nursing or a family member that must take time off work to care for you – a settlement offer should include the amount you must pay for that care.
- Lost Wages. If you cannot work, a settlement should include enough compensation to cover those lost wages due to time off work, for as long as you’ve been out of work or may be out of work in the future. It can also include compensation for the time needed in the future to attend physical therapy or doctor appointments.
Examples of Recent Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Settlement Case Results
- $7,000,000 awarded in SEPTA bus vs pedestrian accident in Philadelphia County. A 33-year-old female sustained a partial left foot amputation when she was struck by a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) bus when she was lawfully crossing the street in a crosswalk. Along with the foot injury, she required multiple surgeries that resulted in heart and lung damage due to surgical complications – as well as the development of PTSD as a result of the accident. The defendant in the case (SEPTA) admitted fault and the parties agreed to a stipulated verdict of $7,000,000 – which included $6 million for non-economic loss and $1,000,000 divided equally for past and future economic losses.
- $430,000 was awarded in a fatal pedestrian vs work truck accident in Bucks County. A man suffered fatal injuries when lawfully crossing an intersection via the crosswalk when he was hit by a landscaping truck. The decedent’s estate contended that the driver and the defendant truck owner were negligent in operating a vehicle at an excessive and dangerous speed, failing to maintain a property lookout, failing to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian, and operating a vehicle while distracted by a cell phone. The estate and the defendants settled for $250,000. The decedent was survived by two minor children who each recovered $90,000 in damages.
- $295,000 was awarded in a pedestrian vs elderly driver pedestrian accident in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. A 63-year-old man was hit while lawfully crossing the road by an 82-year-old defendant driver. The plaintiff suffered fractures in both legs that required surgery and permanent internal fixation, a subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hematoma, multiple skull fractures, an elbow fracture, a collapsed lung, and a thigh infection which required stitching – and later became infected and required drainage. The defendant failed to yield the right of way, failed to observe the injured party in the crosswalk, and was traveling too fast for the conditions. The parties reached a settlement in the matter in the amount of $295,000.
How A Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help Maximize Your Settlement
Edith Pearce is an experienced Philadelphia car accident lawyer and member of MENSA, the high IQ society. She litigates some of the most complicated accident cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. You can get a free evaluation of your case by contacting the Pearce Law Firm.
In contrast to many large firms, Edith prides herself on providing individualized attention and compassion to you and your family. With her extensive knowledge of Philadelphia accident laws, she will help you obtain the maximum possible compensation for your pedestrian accident lawsuit, whether it is a settlement or a trial. As part of your final pedestrian accident settlement, we make sure all expenses are accounted for, including physical therapy, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and PTSD.
Not Sure Your Pedestrian Accident Case Qualifies for a Large Judgement?
There are a variety of reasons why a large settlement is possible in some cases, but not in others. Large verdicts or settlements happen when the pedestrian accident is extremely egregious or the defendant was exponentially negligent and caused catastrophic damage. That does not always include a fatality, but that is a factor in many large pedestrian accident settlements. Comparative negligence may also play a role – was the defendant partially or 100% responsible for the accident? Was the defendant pedestrian crossing outside of a designated area, or moving from between 2 parked cars and not visible to the driver? All of those factors can impact the size of the settlement or award in a pedestrian accident case.
Contact Our Expert Pedestrian Accident Settlement Lawyers Near Philadelphia For Your Free Consultation
The pedestrian accident settlement experts at The Pearce Law Firm help victims from across Pennsylvania overcome injury and damages from a pedestrian accident. We also help clients in New Jersey via our Cherry Hill personal injury attorney’s office. Our team works hard to compile evidence and present your case to insurance companies, and in court if necessary. Armed with compassion, expertise as a former insurance company lawyer, and personalized attention, Edith Pearce and the other Philadelphia pedestrian accident attorneys work hard to represent our clients and recover compensation for physical therapy, medical expenses, pain, and suffering, and more.
Contact the pedestrian accident experts at The Pearce Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.
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