Pedestrians are no match for multi-ton vehicles. That’s why, when collisions happen between automobiles and pedestrians, the injuries to the individuals on foot tend to be catastrophic and sometimes fatal. Victims need the help of an experienced law firm to seek justice and compensation for this preventable and devastating situation, so they can focus on their families and moving forward with life.
If you were injured as a pedestrian, it may be unclear what you can do to pay for your medical bills and cover your lost wages and other financial burden from the injury. We welcome you to contact Uliase & Uliase at 856-310-9002 for a free, no-obligation consultation. A member of our team will explain your options and the next steps toward seeking compensation.
Pedestrian Deaths on the Rise
The Governors Highway Safety Association’s (GHSA) annual report projects that more than 6,500 pedestrians were killed in 2019 in the United States – a five percent increase from the year prior and the highest number in more than three decades. Why did the numbers increase so drastically? The GHSA attributes certain factors to the number of fatalities in 2019. The need for safer road crossings, unsafe driving behaviors, more SUVs on the road, and increased smartphone use likely contributed to the higher number of pedestrian deaths.
Each state has traffic laws that specifically protect pedestrians. Likewise, there are personal injury laws that allow people who were injured to seek compensation against the parties responsible. However, there is a legal time limit, called a statute of limitations, for injured victims to file a claim. Speaking with an experienced lawyer right away can help protect a victim’s rights and move forward as soon as possible with the claims process.
Injuries from a Pedestrian-Vehicle Accident and Legal Recourse
Common injuries include:
- Head injury and/or traumatic brain injury
- Whiplash and spinal cord, back, and neck injuries
- Broken bones and bone bruising
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Lacerations, bruises, abrasions, punctures
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other conditions involving emotional trauma
If you were hurt as a pedestrian, the attorneys at Uliase & Uliase can help you. We welcome you to contact our firm at 856-310-9002 for a free, no-obligation consultation to talk about what happened and get advice on the next steps toward taking legal action.
Federal Workers Injured as Pedestrians While on the Job
The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act covers federal employees, such as USPS mail carriers and census workers, who are injured while working. To seek compensation for a slip and fall injury, employees must file a claim through FECA for compensation within three years of the date of the injury. FECA mandates that claimants must pursue the third party – meaning the person responsible for the injuries – to attempt to recover for their damages. Any recovery must then be reported to determine whether a portion of the recovery should reimburse the United States for the FECA benefits paid to the victim.
If you were injured, it may be unclear how to seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses due to the injury. Hiring an experienced pedestrian lawyer can ensure you pursue the right avenue for compensation and that the process goes smoothly. Contact Uliase & Uliase for help. Our personal injury lawyers handle all types of pedestrian accident cases, including those involving USPS mail carriers and other federal employees who hurt while working.
Contact Uliase & Uliase at 856-310-9002 to discuss your situation.