The Temple University campus in Philadelphia is brimming with students and other people that are walking or driving to their destination. With an almost constant flow of pedestrians and traffic, all it takes is one distracted person or a poor choice by a person for a serious accident to occur. If you or a family member was injured while walking on or near Temple University’s campus, contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer.
The Reiff Law Firm could help you pursue compensation for your injuries if you were negligently harmed while traversing Temple University’s campus. Our personal injury lawyers possess decades of combined legal experience in a variety of injury cases, and we are prepared to use this experience to litigate your claim. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940, or contact us online.
Common Pedestrian Accidents on College Campuses
Pedestrians in large cities like Philadelphia must always be aware of their surroundings. With the amount of traffic in the city, the constant construction being performed, and the large number of other people you must share the sidewalk with, a serious accident can occur at any moment. The following is a list of common pedestrian accidents that could occur on Temple University’s campus.
Slip and Falls
Slip and fall accidents are a high possibility in practically any situation. This is because various types of hazardous conditions could lead to a slip and fall accident. For example, if you are walking on school property that is filled with potholes and various portions of cracked pavement, a person could easily trip if they are not aware of the danger. Other types of hazardous conditions that can cause a slip and fall include:
- Unplowed snow or ice
- Unstable stairways or handrails
- Inadequate lighting
- Slippery floors
- Construction areas that are not properly identified
If Temple University has any hazardous conditions on their property that pedestrians would not easily discover, the institution has a duty to correct the condition in a reasonable amount of time. If the institution cannot repair the dangerous condition quickly, they should at least warn unsuspecting people of the possibility of being injured by this condition.
The Temple University campus and its surrounding areas are some of the busiest locations in the city of Philadelphia. As the campus is integrated along Broad Street, one of the largest roads in the city, pedestrians must constantly be aware of vehicles when crossing intersections.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to react to drivers that are driving erratically. For example, a large number of pedestrians are struck by vehicles when a negligent driver is making a left-hand turn. The likely reason is that instead of checking for pedestrians that are beginning to cross the street, the driver is focused on the other side of the street, which leads to a collision. Other scenarios that could lead to a pedestrian car accident include:
- A person driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- A driver being distracted by their cellphone or other electronic devices
- Unmarked pedestrian crosswalks
- Arterial roads with a large number of lanes that could make a pedestrian difficult to spot
It is also important to note that in areas with high traffic, pedestrians should do everything to avoid being a victim of a car accident. For example, suddenly crossing the street in the middle of the block instead of the marked sidewalk could result in a serious injury if a driver does not expect it. Negligently contributing to the accident could also affect the compensation you receive if you prevail in your injury case.
Additionally, while a pedestrian car accident may occur on Temple University property, that does not make the school automatically liable for your injuries. Unless a pedestrian was injured by a vehicle owned and operated by an employee of the university, it could be difficult to show how the university is liable.
If you were injured on the Temple University campus due to a slip and fall, car accident, or another type of accident, the Reiff Law Firm is ready to work with you. You should not delay in pursuing compensation for your claim as this could lead to missing your filing deadline or even losing evidence you need to prove your case.
Work with Our Trusted Temple University Pedestrian Injury Attorneys Today
If you were injured while walking on Temple University’s campus, you should consult with an experienced Philadelphia premises liability attorney today. The dedicated attorneys at the Reiff Law Firm will work tirelessly to help you determine the party or parties that are responsible for your injuries. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940.