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Pedestrian Accidents: Legal Rights And Injury Claims

A pedestrian in Pennsylvania filing a claim for injuries caused by a woman using her cell phone while driving. - Compass Legal GroupIn this article, you learn more about…

  • How inattentiveness plays a major role in pedestrian accidents and drivers’ duty to keep pedestrians safe.
  • Instances when pedestrians might be at fault and what this could mean for accident responsibility.
  • The steps you should take following a pedestrian accident injury.

What Are The Common Causes Of Pedestrian Injury Accidents?

One of the most common causes of pedestrian injury accidents is inattentiveness. This can manifest in various ways, such as drivers failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians or not spotting pedestrians while driving. Additionally, pedestrians may be more vulnerable at night, especially if they are wearing dark clothing. Nonetheless, it remains the driver’s responsibility to yield to pedestrians regardless of the circumstances.

When Might The Pedestrian Be Held Liable in Accident Cases?

Instances where pedestrians may be at fault include crossing the street where it’s prohibited or suddenly darting into the road, particularly in low-light conditions. Similarly, walking against traffic signals, such as crossing during a “don’t walk” indication, can also contribute to fault, as it signals that the opposing traffic has the right of way. In such situations, the pedestrian’s actions may increase the risk of accidents and potential liability.

What Are The Most Common Types Of Pedestrian Injuries?

Broken bones are a common consequence of pedestrian accidents, often resulting from the significant force and velocity when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle. Additionally, these accidents can result in severe injuries like head trauma or fatalities in some cases.

What Is The Motor Vehicle Drivers’ Role In Ensuring Pedestrians’ Safety?

Many times, the responsibility for drivers of motor vehicles to yield the right of way to pedestrians is clearly signaled, whether through marked crosswalks or sometimes even in areas without designated crossings.

Over the last decade, there has been a notable rise in the marking of pedestrian walkways and the installation of signs reminding drivers of their duty to yield. Whether you’re traveling through a bustling downtown area or a serene street in the countryside, if a pedestrian is crossing the road, drivers are obliged to yield to them, regardless of the presence of a marked crosswalk or yield sign.

What Are My Responsibilities As A Pedestrian?

As a pedestrian, it’s essential to behave in a non-negligent manner. This means obeying traffic signals and not walking against the traffic light signals. Utilizing common sense and exercising caution are paramount to avoiding injuries.

For more information on Pedestrian Accident Injury Claims In Pennsylvania, schedule your initial consultation with our team at (717) 836-7377 today!

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