Erie Pedestrian Accidents: Who Is Liable?

Liability in Pedestrian Accidents

When a pedestrian is injured in an accident and wants to recover compensation, they have to find out who is liable for their injuries. After all, medical bills may be mounting, the injured person is unable to work and without any income and, of course, the pain and suffering they are enduring isn’t their fault. Keep reading to find out how you can get the compensation you deserve and who may be at fault for your injuries.

The Travis Law Firm: Your Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Erie, PA

The legal team at The Travis Law Firm can successfully handle your pedestrian injury accident because we work hard to obtain compensation. We believe it’s difficult enough to suffer an injury, but when it was the fault of someone else, they are the ones who should pay, not you. Call us at (814) 277-2222  today to schedule your free consultation, and find out how we can help you.

Pedestrian Injuries on Private Property

When you are on someone’s private property and are injured, the homeowner or lessee would be responsible for the cost of your injuries. However, negligence by that homeowner or lessee must be the cause. For example, the homeowner knows that the entranceway steps at their home are in poor condition, and one of the steps breaks as you are walking up, causing you to fall and suffer a serious head injury. 

Negligent Drivers Cause Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Negligent motorists are a major cause of pedestrian accidents. While most of these accident injuries occur at intersections, others happen when a driver is backing out of their driveway or in parking lots. In these cases, the driver may be held financially responsible for your injuries. 

Poor Maintenance by a Government Entity Can Lead to a Pedestrian Injury

By government entity, it can refer to the town, city, county, state or federal property. As an example, a pedestrian begins to cross the street thinking the way is clear and ends up being struck by a motor vehicle because the crossing light was incorrectly set. In another scenario, the trees and shrubbery were so overgrown, the motorist didn’t see a pedestrian when they stepped off the curb. Because of the Sovereign Immunity Act in Pennsylvania, exceptions are made for those who are injured due to dangerous conditions.

Public Properties, Companies, Etc.

When a pedestrian is injured while in a shopping center, at an amusement park, concert or another venue, the owner of that property may be liable for accident injuries. In a mall, the store owner or operator may be liable. 

Call The Travis Law Firm When You Suffer a Pedestrian Injury Accident

As you can see in the above sections, determining liability in a pedestrian accident may be complicated. This is why it’s a good idea to seek legal representation to handle your case. It has not only been proven that using an attorney to handle your case will help you obtain a much higher settlement, it gives you the opportunity to recover from your injuries knowing your claim is in good hands. Contact The Travis Law Firm in Erie at (814) 277-2222 today to schedule a free legal consultation. Remember, you owe us nothing until your case is won.