While you would hope that simply walking in public would not lead to your being hit by a motor vehicle, this is not always the case. In 2019 alone, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported that 6,025 pedestrians were killed, and an estimated 76,000 injured across the United States. Pedestrian accidents are more common than you might think, and they can lead to serious injuries and related costs and damages.
When you are injured in a pedestrian accident caused by someone or something else, you could be entitled to compensation for the costs and damages associated with the accident. The dedicated Surprise pedestrian accident lawyers from The Law Offices of John Phebus are available to provide a free, confidential consultation on your case.
Drivers Have a Responsibility to Be Attentive to Pedestrians
Drivers are required to follow the rules of the road, and to drive both safely and attentively. This requires that a driver is both sober and capable of reacting reasonably to changes and dangers on the road. When a driver fails to be safe and responsible and causes an accident, they will be liable for the damages caused.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents where the driver will be liable are:
Drunk or intoxicated driving – Driving while impaired by the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal, and even small amounts of either can lead to legal impairment. All drunk driving accidents are preventable, and all drunk drivers will be liable for the damages they cause in accidents.
Distracted driving – When drivers are not paying attention to the road and they cause an accident, they will be liable for the damages. Common forms of distracted driving include texting while driving, talking while driving, adjusting the radio, and any behavior that takes the driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off driving.
Speeding or aggressive driving – when drivers are breaking the law and rules of the road and cause an accident, they will be liable for the damages. Running lights or stop signs due to speeding or being unable to safely stop, are all examples of dangerous aggressive driving that could entitle you to damages in your pedestrian accident.
Determining what the driver was doing in the moments before they hit you can be difficult if not impossible for you to know, but to collect compensation it will need to be proven. Your Surprise pedestrian accident uses legal instruments like requests for production and depositions to collect evidence in support of your case.
Discuss Your Pedestrian Accident with a Lawyer Now
The sooner you have a lawyer on your pedestrian accident injury, the sooner you can step back and let your lawyer take over the entire process for you. Working with a Surprise pedestrian accident lawyer from The Law Offices of John Phebus provides you complete support every step of the way, and we only get paid if we win on your case.