When a pedestrian has been hit by a motor vehicle, the injuries are often serious and can result in death. A person weighing 100 to 250 pounds is no match for a moving vehicle weighing several thousand pounds. A collision may result in serious injuries such as broken limbs, internal injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
If you were injured by a car, truck, bus, motorcycle, bicycle, or other mode of transportation while crossing the street, walking on the side of the road, or while on the sidewalk, you may have the right to recover damages from the responsible party. Often times this will not just be the driver of the vehicle, but also an entity who is responsible for the intersection or crosswalk (i.e. City, State, County or private party).
Suppose you were crossing the street other than at a crosswalk when a car hits you. Does the fact you were jaywalking automatically bar you from seeking compensation from the driver who hit you? Not necessarily. The driver of the car still owes him or her the duty to drive carefully to avoid an accident.
If you have been injured or a loved one killed in an accident while a pedestrian is imperative that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately. Do not talk with an insurance company investigator or adjuster before you have had the chance to retain a lawyer. It is advised that you avoid giving statements to the insurance company’s adjuster as what you unintentionally say might be used against you at a later stage of the case. If you find yourself in a similar situation, contact Dayan | Houman for a free, no string attached consultation.