Although many cities throughout Alabama are taking measures to become more walkable and pedestrian-friendly, there’s no denying that getting around on foot can be dangerous when there are cars on the road. Sidewalks and crosswalks are important safety measures to reduce the risks that pedestrians face, but they can’t eliminate the chance that they’ll be struck by vehicles.
When pedestrians get hit by cars, trucks, and SUVs, they almost always suffer serious injuries. And because pedestrians seem helpless compared to people in vehicles, many people assume that they’re never at fault for their accidents and injuries. In fact, it’s common for people to believe that pedestrians always have the right-of-way. But is that true?
Just as drivers are supposed to behave safely and responsibly behind the wheel, pedestrians are also required to walk on sidewalks, crosswalks, and road shoulders as safely and responsibly as possible. If they act negligently or recklessly and an accident occurs, they may be considered at least partially liable and may be even ineligible for compensation from their drivers who hit them.
While drivers should make every effort to avoid hitting pedestrians in the street, even when they are crossing unlawfully, situations where pedestrians can be blamed for accidents include:
If you were injured while walking, there’s a good chance the driver’s defense will involve claiming that they didn’t see you or that you “came out of nowhere.” In some cases, innocent pedestrians end up getting blamed for their accidents, or the driver’s fault is inconclusive and never proven. When this happens, pedestrians may be unable to get the compensation they desperately need for their medical bills and lost wages.
At The Vance Law Firm, we uphold pedestrians’ rights when they’re hurt through no fault of their own. We know that many are unfairly blamed after accidents and injuries, and we work hard to help get them fair treatment from the insurance company. Contact us today for a free consultation if you were struck by a vehicle while crossing or walking near a road. We’ll work hard to get you maximum compensation for your damages.