Pedestrians in Philadelphia deserve to be paid extra caution by drivers wherever they go. Drivers who don’t pay attention to the road in front of them can be especially careless at night when visibility is lower, but the risk of seriously hurting someone can be much higher.
A woman is in the hospital after getting hit by a car early Tuesday in the northern section of Philadelphia. FOX29-TV reported the pedestrian accident happened on eastbound Stenton Avenue near Broad Street around 4:30 a.m. on December 22, 2020.
Police say the woman and another pedestrian were crossing the street when the driver of a 1997 Toyota approached. The Toyota struck the woman. The 34-year-old victim was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center and was listed in critical condition. The other pedestrian did not report injuries.
The driver of the Toyota stayed on the scene. Police continue to investigate the accident.
People on foot travel the city with no protection from drivers who speed and drive distracted in their large, heavy vehicles. A minor collision for a car can be a devastating impact for a defenseless person. Victims can face severe injuries and difficult recoveries ahead.
The injuries can be major and take months to heal or even leave victims to deal with consequences for a lifetime. Brain trauma can be the most dangerous injury for a pedestrian struck by a car. A blow to the head as a victim hits a car or the pavement can disrupt the brain’s function and lead to permanent damage. Spinal cord damage can also have extreme effects on a person’s ability to control their limbs and can rob someone of their mobility. Broken bones and soft tissue damage can also occur and lead to lifelong pain.
These possible outcomes only emphasize the importance of making absolutely sure victims get everything they need to pay for expensive medical care from an at-fault driver’s insurance company. Victims may have to file a claim for damages against these insurance companies to make sure they get treated fairly. Insurance agents may only offer enough money to pay for hospital bills that have already arrived but do not consider the costs victims may face in the years to come.
Compensation can even be earned if a pedestrian was hit when he or she wasn’t in a crosswalk. No matter where pedestrians travel, drivers are still required to show them extra care and caution because of the severe damage that a strike from a vehicle can inflict on a person’s body.
After any accident involving a serious injury, contact a highly rated Philadelphia Pedestrian Accident Lawyer such as Edith Pearce. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys and many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case that we handle. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file.