Vehicles are often thought to be the most dangerous, albeit most popular, mode of transportation, but walking can be a hazardous occasion too. Whether it is due to the poor maintenance of parking lots and sidewalks, construction and other forms of debris, or those often troublesome vehicles, there are many ways a pedestrian can be injured.
Accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles are often the result of negligence or not following the rules of the road. Drivers and pedestrians both have a responsibility to pay attention to the road and act cautiously. For pedestrians this means paying attention to “walk” signals, paying attention to traffic flow, using marked crosswalks, and not darting in front of vehicles. For drivers it means a bit more.
Drivers have the greater responsibility to watch for others on the road. There are many ways they can be negligent. Distracted driving, speeding, driving under the influence, failing to yield at walkways — these are just a few of the many ways drivers contribute to negligence, and they are far to common. In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. This means that there is one crash-related pedestrian death every 1.5 hours.
Other Pedestrian Accidents
Traffic accidents are not the only ones that pedestrians might be involved in. There may be hazards on a person’s property, ill-maintained sidewalks or other walking areas, or construction debris that was left out. Many of these situations fall into the category of premises liability (another area of personal injury law). In premises liability cases, a claim would be filed against the property owners.
If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to fight for compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you through the claims process and fight for you in court if it comes to that.