Pedestrians can be especially vulnerable to negligent or careless drivers on the roadways, which is why pedestrian accident victims should be familiar with the legal protections available to them. Pedestrian accident victims can suffer serious injuries, so they should be aware that a personal injury claim for damages may help them with their physical, financial, and emotional damages.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, close to 5,000 pedestrian are killed and approximately 76,000 more suffer injuries in pedestrian accidents each year. When a driver has been negligent and injures or kills a pedestrian victim, the driver may be held liable to compensate the victim for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. A negligent driver may also be liable for wrongful death damages suffered by family members following a fatal pedestrian accident.
Drivers may be considered negligent if they cause a pedestrian accident while speeding, driving distracted, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, disregarding weather or traffic conditions; failing to yield the right of way to the pedestrian at a crosswalk, disobeying traffic signs or signals, or failing to signal while turning.
It is important that drivers work to keep pedestrians safe on the roadways. However, when a dangerous driver harms a pedestrian, it is necessary for that victim and their family to understand their legal rights and protections. Pedestrians can suffer serious harm at the hands of a careless driver, but they can seek legal protections that recognize their vulnerability on the roadways.