Getting Compensation For Pedestrians Hit By Cars
On an average day in the United States, more than 150 people who are out walking, jogging or running for exercise are hit by cars. This number has gone up over the years as cellphones and other small electronics have become more common.
Determining fault in a pedestrian-motor vehicle accident can sometimes be difficult. The insurance company of the driver will most likely suggest that the pedestrian was jaywalking or entered the roadway without looking. Unless the accident was caught on closed-circuit video, negligence can be difficult to prove.
Causes Behind Pedestrian Accidents
Most pedestrian-vehicle accidents are due to negligence on the part of the driver. Hand-held devices, displays built into dashboards and activity within the car all distract drivers away from the actual operation of the vehicle. Common causes of driver distraction include:
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Failing to check crosswalk before making a turn
- Texting or using a cellphone while driving
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Eating, applying makeup or other distracting activities
Ideally, if you are hit by a car while on foot, you would take pictures of the scene and talk to any witnesses who are present. Because of the severe nature of most injuries, this is not usually possible. That’s why you need an experienced attorney who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact The Pedestrian Accident Lawyers At Zychowicz Law
If you were struck by a car or truck while going through an intersection on foot, contact us now to set up an initial consultation to discuss your situation. Call 419-664-0055 or fill out our online contact form.