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Can pedestrian accidents result in a lawsuit?

Can pedestrian accidents result in a lawsuit?

Pedestrians walk along the streets all over cities and towns. Walking can be efficient when people are trying to get to nearby locations. They may not even need a car to get to work. With each step they take, they are making sure to be aware of their surroundings. Even if they adhere to walking in a crosswalk or when they are given permission to walk, motor vehicle drivers may not be paying attention. Drivers can accidentally strike a pedestrian with their car if they are not staying aware of what is going on around them. Paying attention while driving is important. When drivers are in areas where there are many pedestrians, they should remain aware of when someone is crossing the street. If there is a crosswalk, they should be patient as pedestrians cross the road.

If a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, they can file a lawsuit against the driver. The driver should be held responsible for failing to follow the laws of the road. In these situations, the pedestrian may have to prove that the driver was driving negligently.

What causes these accidents?

For these situations, there can be many causes. Human error can be involved in many of these situations. If a driver is not attentive to the road and those who are not in vehicles, they can accidentally run into someone. They should be aware of their surroundings. This includes other vehicles and people who are crossing the roads. Drivers should not have their attention elsewhere, such as on their phones. They also should not be speeding. If they are speeding, they may not be able to stop in time for a pedestrian. This can cause an accident as well. It is important that pedestrians monitor traffic laws and remain in crosswalks to prevent more situations like this from arising.

If pedestrians file a lawsuit and win the case, they may be entitled to damages. When they are harmed by a vehicle, they can experience severe injuries. By winning compensation, they can cover the cost of their medical bills. This may be able to assist them during their time of need. It can help to cover lost wages while they are out of work as well.

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