For Pedestrians who are struck by vehicles while walking, the aftermath can be devastating. Pedestrians simply do not have the same protections as someone in a vehicle. There is no way for a person to protect themselves when they are faced with any type of oncoming vehicle. Tragically, this means that many pedestrian accidents result in devastating injuries and, in some cases, fatalities. When pedestrian accidents result from the careless, reckless, or wrongful conduct of others, injured victims and the families of those who die due to their injuries have the right to take legal action.
Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians
- Failing to stop at red lights/stop signs
- Drunk driving
- Texting while driving
- Talking on the phone while driving
- Failing to check for pedestrians when turning
- Reckless driving
- Violating traffic laws
Although motorist negligence is one of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents, drivers are not always at fault. In some cases, pedestrians might share some or all of the blame. This could be the case if they fail to follow pedestrian laws, such as yielding to motor vehicles when crossing outside of a marked or unmarked crosswalk where there is no intersection or crossing against a red light or “do not walk signal.” However, drivers must always drive with due care when it comes to pedestrian accidents. Therefore, anytime someone is struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian, it’s imperative to contact our pedestrian accident attorneys.