Pedestrian Accidents Attorney
A Personal Injury does not always involve two or more vehicles. Sometimes a pedestrian is hit by a car, truck, train or another motorized vehicle. Legally, we call these Pedestrian Accidents. It’s not hard to imagine that the injuries sustained to the pedestrian are often way more severe than to the driver or passengers in the vehicle since they don’t have the protection of the vehicle around them.
Pedestrian accidents occur more often in urban locations where there is more foot traffic. Other areas that are hot spots are parking lots and sidewalks including road crossings.
Pedestrians Don’t Always Have the Right of Way
At most marked road crossing, pedestrians generally have the right-of-way, meaning the vehicle traffic must yield the right-of-way to them.
In Alabama, vehicles must yield the right-of-way for pedestrians within a crosswalk that are in the same half of the roadway as the vehicle. Vehicles must also yield when a pedestrian is approaching closely enough from the opposite side of the roadway to constitute a danger. However, Pedestrians may not suddenly leave the curb and enter a crosswalk into the path of a moving vehicle as to constitute an immediate hazard.
In Mississippi, vehicles must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. Pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to vehicles when crossing outside of a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
Serious Pedestrian Injuries or Death
According to the most recent data, over 4,500 pedestrians are killed in collisions each year. Pedestrian deaths make up 14% of all traffic-related deaths in the U.S. each year.
Our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys understand the law and are here to help when a pedestrian is injured in a collision.
Sometimes motorist exits their vehicle when they are stranded on the side or curb of the road. This can also be a dangerous time because a person can be struck by a vehicle traveling down the road at a high rate of speed. When it comes to a pedestrian vs vehicle collision – the vehicle wins!
It only takes a few seconds for a distracted driver to lose focus and swerve over the line and hit someone walking down the side of the street. Low light and dark conditions can make it difficult to see persons walking while wearing dark clothing, thereby increasing the likelihood of being hit by a vehicle.
Pedestrians Hurt on the Job
We often see pedestrians get hit by other vehicles while they are working. Some examples are garbage collectors who hope on and off the garbage trucks. Construction workers and highway maintenance crews are also highly susceptible to being hit while working in or near the roads, streets, and highways.
Our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys are very familiar with these type of work-related accidents. Sometimes, a pedestrian who is hurt while working will have two separate legal claims: A Workers’ Compensation Claim since they were hurt on the job, and a Negligence Claim against the person who hit them.
Injury Lawyers Mississippi & Alabama
Pepper and Odom, P.C. law firm – Save Our Number In Your Phone Now 601-202-1111 Jackson, MS or 205-250-1107 Birmingham, AL