Average Payout for Pedestrian Hit by Car Pennsylvania
Accidents involving a vehicle and a pedestrian typically result in severe to catastrophic injuries for the pedestrian.
A pedestrian’s body typically makes a direct hit with the vehicle, and the person doesn’t have the benefit of steel protection like the vehicle occupants.
Understandably, prospective clients want to know the average settlement for pedestrian hit by car.
However, the average pedestrian hit by a car settlement varies significantly.
I Was Hit By A Car How Much Money Will I Get?
Unfortunately, there is no average pedestrian hit by car settlement. That’s because several different variables impact what your case is worth.
Rather than focus on the potential average payment, build the strongest case possible to maximize your compensation.
To help you understand how we calculate your potential case value, here is a look at the most critical factors that impact your claim value.
Injury Type and Severity
Your injuries play a significant role in your claim value. The more serious your injuries are, the more your case is probably worth.
For example, consider a pedestrian with multiple broken bones and two surgeries.
This victim will probably have a higher settlement value than someone who sustained contusions and some muscle sprains that resolved after a few sessions of physical therapy.
Most pedestrians vs. auto cases involve liability against the driver.
However, that’s not always true. Some pedestrian accidents involve a percentage of fault against the pedestrian.
And that is what the defendant’s insurance company will focus on. Even placing 10% liability on you can help the adjuster save the insurance company money.
Pennsylvania is a modified comparative negligence state when it comes to finding fault. That means the law bans you from recovering compensation if you’re 51% at fault or more.
Consider two pedestrian accidents where one pedestrian is 10% at fault and the second pedestrian is 60% at fault.
In the first accident, the victim might receive 90% of their damages. In the second scenario, the pedestrian would receive nothing because they were over 50% at fault.
The higher total of your damages, the more money you might receive. That doesn’t mean you should go out and run up a bunch of unnecessary medical expenses.
The defendant’s insurance company won’t pay all your damages just because you present them.
If the adjuster agrees to liability, they will pay for only reasonable and necessary medical treatment.
But they will also be responsible for other intangible damages, such as your pain and suffering and lost quality of life.
Your total damages are directly linked to injury severity. The more severe your injuries are, the higher your damages will likely be.
Available Liability Insurance
The last factor that plays a significant role in your potential settlement value is available insurance coverage.
It doesn’t matter if your claim is worth $200,000 if there’s only $50,000 in available coverage.
The only option to collect compensation beyond the insurance limits is to sue the driver directly.
We rarely recommend this path because most defendants don’t have any assets you can attach to satisfy the judgment.
A pedestrian-hit-by-car settlement won’t exceed the insurance limits either unless there are multiple defendants with varying amounts of liability insurance.
When more than one party is at fault for your injuries in a pedestrian claim, the insurance companies can apportion your injury claim.
That means each carrier pays a percentage based on their insured’s fault.
Another option is to file an underinsured motorist (UIM) claim under your policy if you carry that coverage.
Contact An Experienced Pennsylvania Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
We have years of experience helping injured Pennsylvania victims get the compensation they’re owed.
We’ve handled many pedestrian accident cases and know what it takes to build a solid case.