As per the Governors’ Highway Safety Association (GSHA), pedestrian deaths caused by drivers of motor vehicles increased by 35% between 2008 and 2019. The overwhelming majority of pedestrian deaths occur on local roads at night. The GSHA also reports that during the 10-year period preceding 2019, crashes after sundown and before sunrise accounted for more than 90% of that increase.
There are a number of reasons why danger increases for pedestrians at night. Here are a few of them:
In May 2020, a well-known mummer was struck by a car and pronounced dead at the scene in a tragic Philadelphia nighttime accident that occurred on the 11000 block of Knight’s Road. The car that hit him sped off, and the identity of the driver who hit him has yet to be determined. A few days later, another pedestrian was hit and seriously injured by the driver of a stolen SUV at night. That driver also left the scene, but he was caught by police.
A nighttime pedestrian who is hit and injured as a result of the carelessness and negligence of a motorist is likely to suffer serious and permanent injuries. He or she becomes eligible for an award of damages as compensation for their injuries and damages. In its efforts to save money, the driver’s insurance company will take whatever legal steps that are necessary to push some or even all of the fault for the accident over onto the pedestrian.
Pennsylvania law doesn’t require you to give any type of a statement, and the opposing insurance company will likely only try to use your words against you in the future to attack your credibility. Speak with a lawyer from our offices instead.
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.