Accidents While Crossing The Street On Foot
Were you hit by a car while crossing the street? Unfortunately, many pedestrians are hit by vehicles and injured every year; these injuries are often quite serious because they involve a collision between a motor vehicle and a person. At The Law Office of Christopher Jackson, we represent people who have been injured in pedestrian collisions.
We Handle Pedestrian Injury Cases Of All Kinds
In our experience, most pedestrians are injured when drivers fail to pay attention to their surroundings. Motorists often keep a lookout for dangers to themselves as they travel in cars, trucks and buses, but then they don’t watch for those that are most likely to get hurt, such as people on foot, bicyclists and motorcycle riders.
Although not as common, lawyers at our office have also handled pedestrian and bystander injury claims where motorists have lost control of their vehicles, and driven up onto sidewalks and into houses and restaurants.
Law Firm For Accidents Involving Pedestrians, Including
- Not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks
- Backing out of parking spaces in parking lots
- Driving too fast in residential areas where there are children playing
- Turning in a stoplight intersection and not keeping a look out for pedestrians rightfully in the crosswalk
- Driving while distracted, whether by texting, talking on the cellphone, or other distractions such as eating or drinking
What Questions Are Asked?
In order to obtain full compensation for those injured in pedestrian accidents, or for the family members of those killed, our pedestrian injury lawyers conduct a thorough investigation and will want to know answers to questions such as:
- Was the accident victim in a properly marked crosswalk?
- Have there been previous accidents at the same location?
- If the accident occurred at night in a designated crosswalk, was the crosswalk properly lighted?
- What types of traffic control devices were in place to warn oncoming traffic of the crosswalk?
- Were the roadway conditions unobstructed?
- Were other potentially responsible parties involved, such as construction companies that may have been engaged in work that may have contributed to the accident?
Were You Hit By A Car In A Crosswalk?
The law requires drivers to exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians, yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk, use the horn to warn them when necessary and to use proper precaution if they see a child in the road. Too often, however, drivers fail to take these necessary precautions, and they cause accidents that should never have occurred.
In the vast majority of pedestrian-related crashes, the fault does not fall on the pedestrian but rather is due to some type of negligence on the part of the driver. Often, multiple factors may lead to the negligent action, including driving while distracted, failing to check for pedestrian traffic before proceeding into an intersection and speeding.
Were You Hit By A Truck, Bus Or Train While Walking?
Passenger cars are not the only threat facing pedestrians; additional dangers come from semitrucks, buses, vans and trains. Regardless of what type of vehicle causes a pedestrian accident, there may be a claim for the damages incurred by the pedestrian if negligence was involved on the part of a driver, an owner of a car, truck, or train. Sometimes, a mechanic who built or performed maintenance work on the vehicle is at fault.
How Do I Know If I Can Win My Pedestrian Accident Case?
If you were hit by a car while walking, speak with a personal injury lawyer to learn about your legal rights and options following an accident, including whether you may have a valid claim for your injuries. When it comes to finding a lawyer, choose a law firm that has experience representing the type of accident in which you were involved so that experience can be on your side.
We will meet with you at your convenience so that we can learn about the facts and circumstances of your case. When we do so, we can advise you as to the legal options for recovery that are available. We typically accept pedestrian accident cases on a contingency fee basis; this means that you will not owe us any fees unless and until we recover for you.
Pedestrian accidents can result in back and neck injuries, fractures (broken bones) involving surgical repair, severe head trauma and sometimes death. Those hit are often left with other severe and permanent injuries, including paralysis and traumatic brain injury. These injuries are devastating not only to those injured, but also to their families and loved ones, as such injuries may be irreversible.
While the cause and liability for a pedestrian accident may seem clear, from a legal perspective, this may not be the case. When insurance companies and their lawyers are involved, they often seek to shift the blame onto others such as other drivers, the cities responsible for traffic control devices, crosswalks and other road conditions, and even the victim. When injuries are severe or if death results, insurance companies and the lawyers of the defendants will usually fight back hard in seeking to avoid liability.
Pedestrian Accidents — The Liability Of Cities, Towns And Municipalities
In many Kentucky and Ohio pedestrian injuries and fatalities, there is a history of previous accidents at or near the location of the current incident. In some cases, cities, towns and other municipalities are aware of past pedestrian accidents at a particular location, but choose to do little or nothing to prevent future accidents and injuries. Call us immediately because some municipalities have a 30-day requirement to be notified under their own codes.
For the person involved in the accident, and for his or her family, such choice is devastating. When cities, towns and municipalities are aware of dangerous conditions based upon past accidents and choose to do nothing, we believe that they should be held fully accountable for the future accidents, injuries and death that occur arising out of their deliberate inaction.
Pedestrian Injury And Wrongful Death Attorneys
In many pedestrian injury cases, liability will be shared among multiple parties such as a driver, the city and perhaps a bar if the driver was intoxicated. To determine liability, we typically retain an accident reconstruction team and other experts as needed, seek records of prior incidents at or near the accident scene, depose defendants, interview witnesses, and determine whether any unsafe roadway conditions existed. This is the only way that we can identify all those liable in the course of advancing the case of our clients.
Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation. Call us at 859-261-1111 or toll-free at 888-811-3247, or send an email to discuss starting action. We have helped many clients who were victimized in pedestrian accidents, and we have obtained numerous settlements on behalf of those clients. We will work to help you make a financial recovery for your pain and suffering, medical bills, time off work, disfigurement, loss of normal life and any other loss sustained in the accident. To secure a knowledgeable pedestrian accident attorney, phone us without delay.
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