Pedestrian accidents happen when drivers or cyclists are not careful on the road. Since pedestrians typically have the right of way or the signage for pedestrian crossing is adequately marked, it is left to the drivers to use their vehicles and the roads accordingly. When this does not occur, clients can be left with severe injuries and hefty medical bills. In worst case scenarios, some pedestrian accidents can also have fatal results, which could allow you to file wrongful death claims.
If you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run, or when you’ve been hit with a car and the driver takes off, you may be at a loss on how to claim any assistance. In many cases, clients are so badly injured that they’re unable to see perpetrator or get information about their vehicle in order to report it. When this does happen, we’re still able to provide legal remedies that help get you back on your feet. After you’ve been the victim of a hit-and-run, you should immediately contact local authorities to take a police report and examine the scene of injury. Any reports from the event or detailing the area will be helpful in a court of law and strengthen your case for compensation from insurance companies.
When drivers are caught speeding, they can put pedestrians at a greater risk given the difficulty to slow down when speeding. When pedestrians are victims of accidents caused by speeding, they are able to file claims due to negligence and no-fault injury, in which case you’d likely need a no-fault injury attorney. If the driver is a repeated speeding offender or has a number of speeding tickets to their name, this could improve your case against them for liability.
Road Signs and Stop Lights
Drivers have an obligation to honor and respect traffic rules, which includes road signs and stop lights. When drivers fail to do so, they put pedestrians and other drivers at risk for injury. If you or someone you know has been injured from someone ignoring a road sign or running a stop light, you should contact a personal injury lawyer immediately to have the repercussions of the driver implemented. In such cases, drivers can and may lose points on their license or have their license suspended altogether.
Premises of Accident
Depending on where the accident took place, the premises can also play a role in who is responsible for the accident. If, for example, you were hit in a private parking lot, both the driver and the parking lot owner may be liable for your injuries and could face charges for compensation. These details are crucial in the success of your case as they lay out the foundation for how, when, and where you were injured and who should be held accountable. When police or authorities are called to the premises, they’ll likely take a report of and note any discrepancies in the area that could have assisted in the accident.