Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are becoming more and more common as more people fill our cities and take to the streets on foot. Walking is a great way to get around, but any collision between a pedestrian and a vehicle, be it a car, motorcycle, or bike, are almost always worse on the pedestrian. Catastrophic injuries are common.

In fact, pedestrians can suffer major injuries when struck by a car going just 10 mph. At 30 mph, fatalities commonly occur. Most people assume that the relative size of a vehicle vs. a pedestrian means that the vehicle’s driver is at fault for every pedestrian accident. This is not always the case. Pedestrians can be considered at fault for pedestrian accidents, and oftentimes both the driver and the pedestrian share the liability.

How Driver Negligence Can Cause Pedestrian Accidents:

Drivers are expected to give pedestrians a duty of care, which means respecting pedestrian right-of-ways. Below are examples of negligent behaviors that put drivers at fault for pedestrian accidents.

Failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing within a marked crosswalk.

Stopping within a crosswalk, forcing the pedestrian to enter the roadway in order to get around a vehicle.

Passing another vehicle stopped at a crosswalk.

Speeding, driving under the influence, running a red light or stop sign, distracted driving, and other general negligent behaviors.

How Pedestrian Negligence Can Cause Pedestrian Accidents:

Like drivers, pedestrians owe a duty of care to everyone else on the road. Below are examples of negligent behaviors that put the pedestrian at fault for pedestrian accidents, even if the pedestrian is significantly injured in the collision.

Jaywalking, i.e. the failure to cross a roadway in a marked crosswalk or at the corner of an intersection.

Crossing against a traffic signal.

Darting into the street without warning.

Walking in areas or roadways where pedestrians are prohibited (i.e along freeways and on bridges).

Legal Tip:

Do not let partial liability stop you from seeking compensatory damages. Even if you are partially at fault for your pedestrian accident, we will seek damages that will help you to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain & suffering.

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