Harbor Bluffs Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Whenever a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, their injuries are almost always severe. Even at speeds that would not cause significant damage to two vehicles in a collision, a pedestrian is likely to break bones, suffer a head injury, and leave in an ambulance. If you were hurt in any way because a driver failed to yield in a crosswalk, side-swiped you while you were walking along the side of the road, or otherwise hit you while you were on foot, you have a personal injury case worth pursuing. A claim or lawsuit can help cover your medical expenses and other damages. The Harbor Bluffs pedestrian accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff can help you establish fault, liability, and the seriousness of your damages that deserve compensation.
Four Pedestrian Rights That Many Drivers are Somehow Unaware of
- Pedestrians may cross outside of crosswalks. In these cases pedestrians must yield to motor vehicles, not the other way around. If, however, a driver sees a pedestrian crossing and it is proven that they had the time to react by braking, yet they did not, the driver can still be found liable for failing to take all reasonable actions to avoid the crash.
- Pedestrians do not have to wear bright clothing. As crazy as it sounds, many drivers blame pedestrians for getting hit because they were wearing dark clothing or they were not using a flashlight in dim lighting. It is not a pedestrian’s fault if a driver fails to see them in a situation where a pedestrian has right of way.
- Pedestrians have right of way when parking lots cross sidewalks. If a parking lot, side street, driveway, alley, or other roadway cuts across a sidewalk, the driver is required to yield right of way, not the pedestrian using the sidewalk.
- There is no legal precedence for Jaywalking. Jaywalking is a slang term derived from the turn of the 20th century. It has no legal meaning, and pedestrians have a right to walk on the side of most roads, as well as cross roads outside of crosswalks, as described earlier. Furthermore, pedestrians and runners have a right to use the shoulder of most roads even if a sidewalk is present.
Compensable Damages in a Pedestrian Injury Case
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost earning ability
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of joy of life
- Emotional distress/anguish
- Property damage
Call a Harbor Bluffs Pedestrian Accident Lawyer at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff Today
Broken legs, whiplash, soft tissue damage, concussion, traumatic brain injury, fractured ribs, and major lacerations and contusions are extremely common in pedestrian collisions. As a victim of such a crash, the other party may be obligated to pay for your damages. However, this will only happen if you decide to work with an attorney and file a personal injury claim. The Harbor Bluffs pedestrian accident attorney at Reep Coleman & Stubbendorff is here to help you make this initial step. Contact us today at 727-330-6502 to schedule a free consultation.