Attorneys That Specialize In Pedestrian Accidents & Injuries
Common causes of collisions that injure or kill pedestrians are speeding, being distracted behind the wheel (texting and driving), and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Insurance claims and lawsuits from pedestrian accidents usually involve arguments over who had right of way. Our pedestrian accident attorneys are here to help you navigate the legal world.
Drivers & Bike Riders Who Violate A Pedestrian’s Right of Way Can Be Held Liable For:
- Paying the crash victim’s medical bills,
- Replacing lost wages; and,
- Providing compensation for pain and suffering.
What Is The Right of Way for Pedestrians?
Pedestrians have the right of way when:
- Stay on the sidewalk or a designated footpath,
- Use a crosswalk,
- Cross a street at an intersection, or
- Cross a street with a green light or walk signal in their direction.
When a sidewalk or footpath is not available, a pedestrian can legally walk along the paved or grassy shoulder.
On roads that lack shoulders, pedestrians can walk in the roadway as long as they stay close to the right edge of the pavement and face oncoming traffic.
Do the Rules for Right of Way Apply to Children?
Generally, the “right of way” rules for pedestrians does not apply to children younger than 7 years of age.
Parents and guardians should, of course, teach kids about pedestrian safety. But when the worst happens and a child runs out into the middle of the street, a driver might still be held liable for hitting and hurting the toddler or grade-schooler.
Drivers, being adults, simply have higher legal duties to ensure the safety of young children. They must slow down in school zones and keep a good lookout when traveling through neighborhoods.