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Erie, PA Pedestrian Accidents Lawyers

Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Vigorously Pursue Financial Recovery for Injured Victims in Erie, Pennsylvania

Many of us share the roads as pedestrians with other motor vehicles without a thought to the risks of serious injury that could arise in a pedestrian accident. However, when a pedestrian does get into an accident with a motor vehicle, it usually leads to tragic results for the pedestrian. When a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, the pedestrian’s body is subjected to violent forces that cause serious, long-lasting, and even life-threatening injuries. When a pedestrian is injured due to the negligence of a motorist, that pedestrian deserves to receive compensation from the at-fault driver.

At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., we fight to help our clients secure full and fair compensation following a pedestrian accident. We thoroughly investigate our clients’ accidents and work with industry-leading experts to build a strong, persuasive case to show what happened in the accident and how the driver was at fault for the accident. We also aggressively negotiate with the insurance companies, not accepting any settlement offer that does not provide our clients will a full and fair financial recovery. If necessary, we are prepared to take your case to court to get you maximum compensation.

When you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident through no fault of your own, contact Purchase, George & Murphey to schedule a free initial case evaluation to discuss the details of your case with our Erie pedestrian accident attorneys and to learn more about your legal rights and options.

Common Injuries Suffered in Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can result in a wide variety of injuries to pedestrians, ranging from cuts and bruises to more serious injuries like spinal injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents often result in traumatic injuries, as vehicles impart violent forces upon pedestrians upon impact. Some of the more common injuries experienced by pedestrians in accident include:

  • Broken bones
  • Soft-tissue injuries, including deep lacerations, dislocations, and sprains/strains/tears of tendons, ligaments, and muscles
  • Amputations
  • Crush injuries
  • Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries

No matter what kind of traumatic injuries you have suffered, the Erie pedestrian accident attorneys of Purchase, George & Murphey can help you secure the compensation you need for your recovery.

Dedicated Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Fight to Hold Negligent Drivers Responsible for Injuries and Harm Caused to Pedestrians

When you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident through no fault of your own, you are likely focused on physically and emotionally recovering from your injuries and trying to make sure that you and your family are provided for. It can be difficult to find time to also pursue a claim for compensation against an at-fault driver or their insurance company, which can make a quick settlement offer from the insurance company incredibly tempting. 

However, when you hire experienced pedestrian accident attorneys like those at Purchase, George & Murphey, you’ll have dedicated advocates in your corner who make sure that you receive the full and fair compensation that you deserve. We hold negligent motorists accountable to fully compensate you for your injuries and damages, and we fight back against the efforts of insurance companies to pay less than their share of liability to you.

Contact the Pedestrian Accidents Attorneys of Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. Today to Speak to Our Legal Team in a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Erie or elsewhere in northwest Pennsylvania, you need a vigorous advocate on your side who will make sure that you receive the compensation that you need and deserve. Contact Purchase, George & Murphey today to schedule a no-cost consultation to speak to our attorneys about your case and to learn more about your rights and options for financial recovery.

About Erie, PA

The city of Erie, Pennsylvania, is the county seat of Erie County. Located on the south shore of Lake Erie, Erie is named for both the lake and for the Erie Nation of Native Americans, who resided in the area until their defeat during the Beaver Wars in the mid-17th century. The area around present-day Erie was originally colonized by French settlers during the mid-18th century, before shifting to British control after the Seven Years’ War. Following the American Revolution, Erie and the surrounding region became part of Pennsylvania, after the territory was signed over by deed by the Iroquois Confederacy. During the 19th century, Erie’s economy was largely focused on shipbuilding, fishing, and railroad transportation, but by the 20th century the city had grown into a manufacturing hub. Although Erie’s manufacturing activity began to decline beginning in the 1970s, the local economy has since diversified into industries such as technology, healthcare, and tourism.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pedestrian Accidents in Erie, PA

FAQ: How much time do I have to file a lawsuit for my pedestrian accident?

Under Pennsylvania law, the time limit (also known as the statute of limitations) for a lawsuit for injuries arising from a pedestrian accident is two years from the date of your accident. If you do not timely file your lawsuit, the court can permanently dismiss it. A court may decide to extend, or “toll”, the statute of limitations under certain circumstances — for example, if you were the victim of a hit-and-run accident and could not quickly identify the at-fault driver. Finally, if you have a pedestrian accident claim against the government, you also have a shorter period of time in which to provide the government with notice of your claim.

FAQ: I was partially at fault for my pedestrian accident. Can I still recover compensation?

Potentially. In Pennsylvania, personal injury claims such as pedestrian accidents are evaluated under a modified comparative negligence rule. Under this rule, an injured party can still recover compensation, even if he or she is partly at-fault for his or her injuries, so long as his or her fault does not exceed the combined fault of all the other liable parties. The injured party’s compensation will be reduced by his or her share of fault — for example, if a pedestrian is found to be 10 percent at fault for his or her accident and is awarded $100,000 in damages, that award will be reduced by 10 percent, or $10,000, to reflect his or her share of fault.

FAQ: When do pedestrians have the right-of-way?

Generally, in Pennsylvania, a pedestrian has the right-of-way at crosswalks and intersections (even if traffic signals are not present). Pedestrians also clearly have the right of way with respect to vehicles when on a sidewalk, such as in situations where a motor vehicle is turning onto or off a driveway or alley. When there is not a sidewalk available, pedestrians have a duty to walk as close to the shoulder as possible.

Personal Injury Case Results

$1,250,000

Car accident

At approximately 50 mph, a young woman’s vehicle collided with a truck. Both vehicles were totaled. Client suffered multiple injuries including complex fractures and a myocardial contusion.

$700,000

Motorcycle Fatality

Client’s husband was killed in a motorcycle accident caused by a careless driver. His underinsured motorist carrier originally denied coverage, based on a policy exclusion, and then offered only half the coverage.

Criminal Defense Case Results

Charges Dropped

DUI, Lane violation & Careless driving

Late at night, a driver turned right at a stop light and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic. His BAC was over the legal limit. He was charged with DUI, a lane violation and careless driving.

Not Guilty

Sex Offense

An instructor at a local high school was accused by a student of indecent assault on the last day of school. After four days of trial, the jury acquitted the instructor of all charges.

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