When You’ve Been Hit by a Car as a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk
Thousands of pedestrians are injured every year when motor vehicle operators carelessly hit them while they are legitimately in a crosswalk. Unfortunately, when a few thousand pounds of metal hits an unprotected human being, the consequences are almost always serious. A high percentage of these accidents are fatal, and nearly all involve a serious or catastrophic injury.
The Types of Crosswalk Collisions
Far and away, the most common type of crosswalk accident involves a motorist making a right or left turn with the light, or at a stop sign. Often, especially on a right turn, the driver will check traffic to the left, but fail to check the crosswalk to the right, either turning into the path of pedestrians approaching the vehicle or running into persons walking away from the corner.
Another common cause of crosswalk accidents involves drivers traveling at excessive speeds for existing road conditions. A driver may be aware of a pedestrian, but not be able to stop because of wet or slippery pavement
Of course, you can also be hit by a car careening out of control after a motor vehicle accident. It’s important to understand that it doesn’t matter whether you were hit by the car that caused the accident or by an innocent motorist, you will still be able to pursue compensation for your losses. In personal injury claims based on negligence or carelessness, the wrongful party generally has liability for all injuries that were reasonably foreseeable. If you were legally in the crosswalk at the time of the accident, it likely that a jury will find that a reasonable consequence of the defendant’s negligence was that a pedestrian (you) might be injured.
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