A pedestrian accident can happen at any moment and the consequences are often catastrophic. A pedestrian is no match for a motor vehicle. The sheer size difference is enough to cause concern. You may think that these kinds of accidents could never happen in Reading but they can and do. You may be confused as to what steps to take after an accident. The first is to receive medical attention and then you must contact a pedestrian accident attorney.
When Do Pedestrians Have the Right of Way?
Pedestrians have the right of way in certain circumstances but not in all. There are specific laws in place regarding the right of way that pedestrians have. One of those laws is that if a pedestrian is at a crosswalk with no traffic signal they have the right of way. If the pedestrian is not in an intersection or crosswalk then they do not have the right of way and instead, the motor vehicles do.
When a motor vehicle is entering the sidewalk such as when they are entering a parking garage or other facility, they must yield the right of way to pedestrians. There are many other examples and instances that right of way can come into account but these are just a few. If you are involved in an accident it is important to contact a Reading pedestrian accident attorney to discuss your options and hold the liable party accountable.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
A pedestrian accident can happen for a variety of reasons. The majority are caused by a negligent driver. Most often drivers that are distracted or driving recklessly are the cause of pedestrian accidents as well as other motor vehicle accidents. Drivers are often distracted by their cell phones, personal grooming and even eating while driving.
No matter the reason, they should be held liable for their inattention and for the harm they have caused others as a result. Drunk drivers are also some of the most dangerous as they are completely impaired and may not even be able to see a pedestrian crossing the road or on the sidewalk. You will need to contact a Reading pedestrian accident attorney if you are involved in an accident.
A Pedestrian Walked Into the Road, Who is Liable?
There are very unique cases where a pedestrian may walk into traffic which can make the topic of liability a complex one. If a pedestrian is crossing in the middle of the road, they can be partially held liable for their actions contributing to the accident. If however, the driver of the motor vehicle is violating a traffic law such as taking a stop sign or speeding for example they can also be held liable. The facts of the case will determine who is held liable and to what extent. You will need an experienced Reading pedestrian accident attorney by your side to fight for your rights.
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If you are injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for some of the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses related to the accident
- Lost income
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Possible punitive damages