There are thousands of accidents every year that involve pedestrians. Although most of these pedestrian accidents occur at intersections and cross walks, there are many that involve pedestrians who are walking along a road or highway, or who are on sidewalks crossing driveways.
The injuries involved with pedestrian accidents are often severe. What are the rights for pedestrians in such accidents? This question requires a more detailed analysis than what you may think. We have answers, request your free consultation with our pedestrian accident lawyers at Jonathan R. Brockman P.C.
As with automobile collision cases, a pedestrian, in order to succeed in receiving a settlement or receiving compensation must be able to produce evidence establishing negligence on the part of the vehicle operator. Was the driver of the car speeding, not keeping a proper lookout, failing to yield to a pedestrian at a cross walk, failing to stay within a marked lane, or some other form of negligence?
Poor property maintenance such as sidewalk or parking lot defects or debris can cause or contribute to pedestrian injuries. An example of poor property maintenance would be leaving a water hose out over a sidewalk at night. In that scenario, we would consider initiating a claim against the property owner for his negligence. Negligence is the legal term for the failure to do (or not do) something that a reasonable person would, in a similar situation, in order to protect others from foreseeable risks.