When Vehicles injure Pedestrians
Nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed in vehicle related accidents each year. Almost 76,000 pedestrians were injured last year after being struck by a vehicle. Thousands more pedestrians are injured each year due to other accidents having to do with walkway defects, construction or debris on the walking paths.
Negligence occurs when there is a failure to do or not do something a reasonable individual would do in a similar situation to provide protection to others from risks.
Vehicle operators have the responsibility to use care under the situation. If the operator fails to do so, they are considered negligent. Things that contribute to a vehicle operator’s negligence are:
3. Not yielding a right of way to people in crosswalks
4. Not following traffic signage or signals
5. Not signaling when turning
6. Failing to pay attention to weather conditions
7. Driving while under the influence.
Drivers also have a special responsibility to child pedestrians. A presence of children, such as in a school zone, requires the driver to pay closer attention and use greater care.
There are cases that involve pedestrian negligence. Pedestrians are required to use the same care as vehicles to ensure their safety. They can demonstrate negligence when they disregard signs, or step in front of a moving vehicle.
Kenneth G. Marks Law Firm
As shown above, the laws relating to negligence are many and complex. If you have suffered an injury as a pedestrian, you will need someone on your side to assist you through the legal process. If you sustained injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to be compensated for your injuries and other costs associated with the injury. The Kenneth G. Marks law firm specializes in personal injury cases, and those involving pedestrians.
Kenneth G. Marks has been practicing personal injury law since he was admitted to the California Bar in 1981.www.KmarksLaw.com