You may have a case against not only the driver of the vehicle which hit you, but also the local government agency who maintains or controls the street, as well as a local business whose parking lot was negligently designed to increase traffic flow in a dangerous way. However, each case is unique and liability will depend on the facts of the case. It is important to speak to a lawyer with experience handling these kinds of cases.
Mid-block pedestrian accidents are fairly common in big cities like Philadelphia. The injuries are often very serious, if not fatal. These kinds of accidents tend to occur in commercial areas with residences nearby. A common example involves a large shopping center across the street from an apartment complex, but no crosswalk. In this situation, the shopping center and/or a local government agency may be liable for failing to install a pedestrian traffic control device or other warning sign.
It is important to note that under Pennsylvania government liability law, cases against a government agency can only proceed after the proper government agency is notified of the accident within 180 days of the accident. This notice requirement is mandatory.
Contact a pedestrian accident lawyer in Pennsylvania for more information.
Related Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Law Articles:
- Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Laws – Negligence in a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit in Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Legal Article: Pedestrian Laws
The pedestrian accident lawyers at Schwartz & Blackman handle cases in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area and always offer a free consultation:
- PA: Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Norristown, Philadelphia
- NJ: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Camden, Cherry Hill, New Jersey shore cities
*This website does not provide legal advice. Every case is unique and it is important to get a qualified, expert legal opinion prior to making any decisions about your case. See the full disclaimer at the bottom of this page.
Published: August 31, 2012