Several previous posts on this blog talked about the risks inherently involved in a Berks County resident's choice to walk along and across the area's roads, crosswalks and sidewalks. After all, although pedestrians generally have the right of way, there is always the chance that a pedestrian will wind up getting struck by a negligent driver who was either speeding, under the influence of alcohol or simply not paying attention.
Moreover, since a car or other vehicle is obviously a lot bigger than a pedestrian, it will possibly not have extensive damage to it after hitting a pedestrian. There may be a strong temptation on the part of a driver, even those who ordinarily are law-abiding, to drive away from a serious pedestrian accident out of fear or simply because he or she wants to avoid responsibility.
Our law office represents pedestrians in Berks County who have been seriously injured when struck by a vehicle. We also represent the families of those victims who, tragically, die following a pedestrian accident. Many pedestrians who are involved in accidents would find the services of our firm valuable since they often need help recovering compensation for medical bills, lost income and costs and expenses associated with the accident. After all, since pedestrians have very little protecting them from the impact of a motor vehicle, their injuries are often quite serious.
Our practice also extends to handling hit-and-run cases involving pedestrians. Although it always ideal to locate the driver and hold him or her accountable for both the accident and leaving the scene, other avenues of recovery may be available. We work with our clients and discuss all options with them so they understand what their rights are.