Causes of Pedestrian Accidents- Failure to Observe Crosswalks
If you or someone you know been injured in a crosswalk accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The first step is to seek medical attention. Your medical records will be vital in your claim.
Your second step should be hiring an experienced personal injury attorney.
Traffic laws are established to prevent accidents. They are designed to protect both motorists and pedestrians. These rules lay out how motorists and pedestrians should use the roads.
In addition to the laws affecting motorists, traffic laws govern how pedestrians should cross roads. Pedestrians are required to cross at intersections using crosswalks. The pedestrian must wait for the signal to 'Walk' before crossing the street. The 'Walk' signal gives the pedestrian the right way in the crosswalk.
If the intersection does not have a traffic signal to control traffic, the pedestrian is considered to have the right of way when in the crosswalk. Motorists must yield to the pedestrian.
Although crosswalks are designed to provide a safe point from which pedestrians can cross roads, accidents often occur at these points. Many accidents involving pedestrians being struck by vehicles occur at crosswalks.
Crosswalk accidents often occur as a result of driver negligence. Driver negligence may include:
- Distracted driving
- A driver failing to observe the speed limit
- A driver failing to yield to a pedestrian
- A driver turning into an intersection negligently
- Driving under the influence
Sometimes the pedestrian may have acted negligently and caused or contributed to the accident. These include:
- Distracted walking e.g. texting, failing to check for oncoming vehicles before crossing
- Failing to yield to the motorist
Crosswalk accident injuries
Accidents involving pedestrians and motor vehicles are often catastrophic. This is because unlike motorists, pedestrians do not have physical barriers that can protect them from the impact of the vehicle. Injuries resulting from these accidents are often serious. They may include: Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Skin burns
- Severe bruises and cuts