Bicyclists And Pedestrians Do Have Legal Rights

Approximately every nine minutes, a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle and injured. Across the country, a pedestrian is killed every two hours or so.* This means that if you were injured while walking, jogging, skateboarding or biking, you are not alone.

You should also know that you have legal rights. One of these rights is to file a personal injury claim to cover your lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. At Massaro Law in Greensburg, we can help you assert your rights and seek the money you need to get your life back on track.

With more than 15 years of legal experience, our founding attorney is ideally equipped to handle a wide array of bicycle and pedestrian accidents caused by drivers who:

  • Drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Text or use their phones behind the wheel
  • Make illegal turns
  • Fail to stop at red lights or stop signs
  • Fail to watch for people in crosswalks

What If You Were Partly At Fault For The Accident?

When it comes to assigning fault, few accidents are cut-and-dried. In most situations, both parties were party at fault. You may have failed to check for oncoming traffic before you crossed the street, but the driver who hit you may have also been distracted by texting behind the wheel.

The good news is that Pennsylvania believes in "comparative negligence." This means that you can still pursue compensation for your injuries as long as you were less than 51 percent at fault.

The percentage that you were at fault will affect the amount of money you can recover. If your injuries are worth $100,000 and you were found to be 10 percent at fault, you can potentially recover 90 percent of the damages ($90,000).

Learn More In A Free Consultation

For personalized legal guidance about your particular situation, feel free to call Massaro Law and set up a free consultation with our lawyer. Call us at 724-834-5500 or send us an email today.

*According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.