As a pedestrian, you also have a legal right to believe that you are protected on the roads. As a pedestrian, however, you frequently need to trust that other motorists will follow the rules of the road, and that the law is protecting you. As you walk along sidewalks or cross intersections, you likely want to be aware of where you are and what is going on around you. Yet, often pedestrians find out that the old adage about always being on the right of way does very little to protect them from reckless and negligent drivers. In these cases, it is necessary to rely on pedestrian accident attorneys to help ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages.
According to statistics, the leading cause of pedestrian injuries is speeding vehicles. Unfortunately, many drivers do not see pedestrians when traveling at high speeds, believing that they will go out of their way to avoid colliding with them. Some other factors that speed and accident experts attribute to high rates of pedestrian injury are: motorists traveling too slow, passing too close, using cell phones or other devices that can distract drivers, not wearing appropriate protective gear such as shoes and helmets, driving large trucks that exceed the posted speed limit and driving between lanes. These factors cause traffic to move too slowly, and sometimes, motorists do not apply the breaks or stop signs necessary to reduce speeds and keep a safe distance from each other.
Speeding also causes blind spots in many vehicles, especially trucks. Because the blind spots exist in the back of many vehicles, they are much more difficult for pedestrians to traverse. As the result of these blind spots, drivers may not see pedestrians crossing in front of them, or they may not see pedestrians waiting to cross the road. Many times, blind spots can be repaired, but in some cases, drivers do not take the time or expertise to notice blind spots in their vehicles. This means that if a pedestrian was injured in a case caused by negligence on the part of the driver, the pedestrian accident attorneys may be able to help them get compensated for their losses.
Pedestrians and drivers can share the responsibility for accidents involving vehicles, but we need to exercise our rights to protect ourselves against unnecessary expenses and pain and suffering. In pedestrian accidents, the injured party often has to pay medical bills as a result of being injured in an accident. Damages awarded to an injured person due to the negligence of another driver or vehicle will help pay for lost wages and any other expenses the injured person might incur because of being injured. In addition, we know that people have suffered serious injuries because of defective products that manufacturers did not care for, so we also want to hold manufacturers accountable for treating their products with care and maintaining proper safety records.
The most common causes of pedestrian accidents are: motor vehicles not wearing their correct safety equipment, crossing the street at the wrong time, failure to yield, failure to obey the “rules of the road”, and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. It is our responsibility as citizens to ensure that everyone obeys the laws of our country, and that we always take the safest routes around town. Sadly, these common causes of accidents have occurred too many times and it is up to each of us to do what we can to make sure that our streets are safe. A personal injury lawyer will be able to help you file a claim for your injuries, but you should also contact some other drivers you know to see if they experienced an accident that they have experienced firsthand. Sometimes the only way that all of the evidence there is to file a successful lawsuit is by talking with the drivers who may have been involved in the accident.
We all drive on the same roadway, so it is important that we always drive carefully and safely. We all should always wear our seat belts, and we all should always make sure that children are properly supervised at all times. These are just some ways in which we can all contribute to making our roads safer.