Auto Pedestrian Injury Attorneys
Over 110,000 pedestrians are injured every year in the United States and almost 60,000 pedestrians are killed. People of all ages are affected by these staggering statistics, but school age children and the elderly are most vulnerable. In fact, 41% of pedestrian fatalities nationwide occur between 3:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon – when children are getting out of school and walking home.
Motor vehicle operators have a responsibility to adhere to the laws of the road and drive in a safe and observant manner at all times. Pedestrians are injured and killed every day due to driver negligence.
A few of the most common factors contributing to driver negligence are:
- An inattentive or pre-occupied driver.
- A driver’s failure to observe posted speed limits.
- A driver’s failure to yield the right of way to pedestrians at marked cross walks.
- A driver negligently turning at an intersection.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Pedestrians who are hit by motor vehicles may have a claim against the negligent driver to recover monetary damages. The nature of the circumstances (3,000 pound car versus unprotected pedestrian) suggests that the driver would ultimately be responsible, however pedestrians must also adhere to the laws of the road.
A few of the most common factors contributing to pedestrian negligence are:
- Pedestrians who ignore the “walk” signal at an intersection.
- Pedestrians who enter a stream of traffic and disrupt the flow.
- Pedestrians who fail to use marked cross walks.
- Pedestrians who “dart” in front of a vehicle.
- Impaired pedestrians.
Be aware that the driver’s insurance company lawyers will try to blame you for the accident by claiming that your negligence caused the accident. If you have involved in a pedestrian accident, you must do the following:
- Call the police immediately.
- Do not leave the scene of the accident before help arrives.
- Gather names and phone numbers of any witnesses to be contacted by your attorney at a later date.
- DO NOT make any statements to the driver or his insurance company.
- Most importantly, do not offer any information such as, I was in a hurry, I was distracted, etc., that could be interpreted as your negligence.
- Call a qualified and experienced pedestrian accident attorney or personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.