There are thousands of people injured or killed each year in pedestrian accidents. These accidents often occur when a vehicle fails to yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing the street at corner or crosswalks. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident it is important to consult an attorney immediately. Your attorney will investigate the case, recreate the accident, interview witnesses, and consult with your doctor to ensure that your rights are preserved.
Pedestrians include people walking and people on bicycles, skateboards, or rollerblades. The majority of vehicular accidents that involve pedestrians occur at dusk or when it is dark outside. This is due to the impaired visibility for drivers at these times. Pedestrian accidents may be caused by:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Reckless driving
There are also other types of accidents that involve pedestrians but are not caused by a vehicle. These may include injuries caused by poor property maintenance, falling debris, broken walkways, and construction site accidents, to name just a few. These accidents are non-vehicular and may have various responsible parties. In general, the property owner is responsible for injuries that occur on their property and are part of premises liability law. Other responsible parties may include a construction company, and government bodies.
Your attorney will work to establish the negligence or recklessness of another that caused the injury or death to occur. You may be entitled to compensation because of wrongful injury or death. Your attorney will work to get you the money you deserve for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident you need to talk to an attorney quickly. There are time limits in place that restrict how long you have to file a claim. Your attorney will work with you to help you get the compensation you deserve.