According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011, 69,000 pedestrians suffered injury in accidents and an additional 4,432 were killed in the United States. Pedestrians usually have very little to no protection if they are hit by motor vehicles, which is why the injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents can be severe, permanently disabling, or fatal. In many cases, pedestrians who have been hit by a motor vehicle deserve to recover for their injuries if the driver was not at fault. However, drivers will often work to show the pedestrian was the party who caused the accident and therefore should not be able to recover. If you have been injured, it is important that you contact a Coweta County pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss whether or not you have a case.
Many times, drivers are at fault in pedestrian accidents. Common reasons a driver was at fault include:
- Running red lights or ignoring other traffic signals
- Failing to obey pedestrian right-of-way rules in crosswalks
- Driving while texting or otherwise distracted
- Driving while intoxicated
However, sometimes, the pedestrian is actually the one at fault in the accident. Common reasons pedestrians cause accidents include:
- Jaywalking (crossing without a crosswalk)
- Crossing when there is a Do Not Walk signal
- Walking along freeways or other roads that prohibit pedestrian traffic
- Walking while intoxicated
In many situations, both the driver and pedestrian may have contributed to the accident. In those cases, the pedestrian can usually recover as long as the driver is found to be more at fault.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
In a pedestrian accident case, determining fault is usually the first step in determining whether you can recover for your injuries. You should always consult with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer to help determine which party, or both, were at fault. If you have been injured, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for help today.