Pedestrian accidents can unexpectedly disrupt the lives of unsuspecting pedestrians who have suffer serious injuries and harm in a pedestrian accident. It is beneficial for pedestrian accident victims who have been injured by a negligent driver to understand the types of legal protections that may be available to them.
Liability for pedestrian accidents
Negligent drivers may be liable in a variety of different circumstances for the injuries and harm suffered by a pedestrian accident victim including when the driver has engaged in negligent and dangerous driving behaviors including:
- Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks;
- Distracted driving;
- Disobeying traffic signals or signs;
- Failing to signal while turning;
- Disregarding weather or traffic conditions; or
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Seeking damages for the pedestrian accident
A personal injury claim for damages brought against a negligent driver can hold the driver accountable and help injured pedestrian accident victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages. The recovery process can be a long road ahead for pedestrian accident victims who may need help with their medical expenses, lost earnings and pain and suffering damages. Depending on the nature and severity of the victim’s injuries, they may need help with medical expenses, future medical care costs, lost wages, lost-earning capacity and the emotional trauma associated with being struck by a vehicle.
Negligent drivers who fail to take necessary precautions for the safety of pedestrians may wind up facing liability for the injured victim’s damages when they cause a pedestrian accident. Fortunately, legal protections victims should be familiar with are available to aid pedestrian accident victims in obtaining the help they need.