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Why pedestrians can be in an accident and how to prevent one

| Oct 8, 2020 | Auto Accident Injuries |

Pedestrians run a high risk for collision with motor vehicles. In 2017, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed, and 137,000 were injured in car accidents. Perhaps you suffered injuries at the hands of a driver in Alabama. You may be able to seek compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering, if it’s clear that the driver was responsible.

When pedestrians are at fault

Not all injured pedestrians are innocent victims, of course. For example, 33% of the pedestrians involved in an accident in 2017 were found to have a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit while 17% were intoxicated, which is being without the normal use of one’s mental and physical faculties. Other pedestrians may put themselves in harm’s way by, for example, not crossing at a crosswalk or marked intersection.

Children and the elderly at risk

Many injured pedestrians are either under 15 or over 65, and the reasons are easily understandable. Children can be impulsive and run out onto the street without looking both ways while the elderly experience mild forms of cognitive impairment and tend to have slower reflexes.

All pedestrians are expected to stay safe. When there are no sidewalks, pedestrians should walk on the side of the road facing traffic. At night, they should wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight. They should avoid listening to music as this can be distracting.

Filing a personal injury claim

In Alabama, as in most states, pedestrians have the right of way insofar as they cross at a marked crosswalk or intersection. This will naturally come into play if injured pedestrians file a personal injury claim. Sometimes, pedestrians can bring a claim against the city if a burnt-out traffic light or missing traffic sign contributed to their accident.

A lawyer to give you personal attention

Pursuing a personal injury case can be hard without a lawyer, so you may want to start by scheduling a case evaluation. If hired, the lawyer may be able to help you negotiate for a reasonable out-of-court settlement. Third-party crash investigators might come in to help as well.