According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 5,000 pedestrians are killed and more than 70,000 injured each year in the United States. While millions of drivers and
pedestrians safely share the road each year, negligent driving can quickly cause serious injury and even death to pedestrians. At the Law Office of Adrian Murati, our Rockford personal injury law
firm helps pedestrians through the personal injury recovery process. If you were injured in a car accident as a pedestrian, then contact us at (815) 289-3209 to speak to a Rockford
Pedestrian Accident and Injury Lawyer about your case.
A businessman late for work reverses out of the driveway in a hurry and fails to see a neighborhood kid playing in the street. An elderly woman with a cane at a crosswalk cannot avoid being hit
by an oncoming speeding vehicle. A teenage driver coming home from a keg party races through stoplights and stop signs. These all-too-common scenarios can lead to tragic consequences and serious
injuries. Most pedestrian accidents happen when negligent drivers:
Fail to yield for pedestrians in crosswalks;
- Back out of parking spaces without looking carefully;
- Speed or drive inattentively in residential areas where children are playing;
- Turn right on a red light without looking for pedestrians in the crosswalk;
- Drive distracted because of cell phones, changing radio stations, looking in the back seat to check on children, and not keeping eyes on the road; and
- Drive drunk or impaired.
Additionally, we know that pedestrians are more at risk in urban environments and that most pedestrian accidents happen at night or involve alcohol.
While negligent drivers are often the cause of pedestrian injuries, accidents aren’t always the drivers fault. These are some of the ways pedestrians may be partially at fault for an accident:
Ignoring traffic signals or other rules of the road;
- Walking in the street instead of the sidewalk;
- Walking outside of crosswalk markings;
- Walking on roadway not intended for pedestrians such as a highway ramp; and
- Stumbling around while intoxicated.
If you are injured by a negligent driver, you must still prove that the driver was at fault for the collision. Oftentimes, the negligent driver points the finger right back at the victim and
claims the pedestrian was at fault for the collision. The insurance company will likely use conflicting accounts of the accident as a basis for denying the claim or offering a low ball settlement
Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable and more likely to be seriously injured in a car crash than a driver. Injuries from a pedestrian accident can be severe and life changing. The tough recovery
process can consist of daily pain and suffering, difficulty performing every day activities, multiple doctor appointments, time missed at work, medical bills, and debt collectors. At the Law
Office of Adrian Murati, we are here to help you through this difficulty period and recover financial compensation for your injuries from the negligent driver’s auto insurance. Call us at (815)
289-3209 to speak to a Rockford Personal Injury Lawyer about your legal options.