Who’s Liable in a Pedestrian Accident?

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When it comes to man against machine, machine is probably going to win majority of the time, especially when that machine is a moving vehicle. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015 there were 5,376 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents across the United States. That equates to one crash-related pedestrian death every hour and a half! While these numbers only account for fatalities, many more pedestrians are hurt or critically injured as a result of a crash.

Personal injury attorney in Johnson City at the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., want you to know who is most liable in a pedestrian accident, and what you can do about it if you have been inured or have lost a loved one as a result of a driver’s negligence.

Let’s start by taking a look at who is at risk of a pedestrian accident. Children and those over the age of 65 are most at risk of a pedestrian accident. Also, according to the CDC, nearly half of all pedestrian related crashes are a direct result of drunk driving, while another risk factor includes driving at an excessive speed. Most of these accidents occur at night and at non-intersection areas.

When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, it could leave them with injuries that result in missing work short-term, or even succumbing to a disability that plagues them their entire life, and results in lost wages, and the ability to live life as they did before the accident. Injuries also may lead to stress or an emotional burden that is difficult to handle mentally. Medical treatment and rehabilitation may cost thousands of dollars, even after insurance pays their portion.

There are safety laws in place for both drivers and pedestrians. While pedestrian related crashes may result from a driver traveling at an excessive speed or recklessly driving, or under the influence, pedestrians sometimes fail to take heed to the designated crosswalk, ignore traffic signals, or are distracted by texting while walking.

When it comes down to it, the person that becomes injured must have enough evidence to prove their injuries were a direct result of the negligence or reckless behavior of another party, or the driver of the vehicle. If this is the case, then the injured party may be able to seek compensation for their injuries, medical bills, emotional anguish, and more.

Choosing an experienced personal injury attorney in the Tri-Cities such as the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., can help you navigate your case and ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve. Be sure that you speak with a qualified legal counsel before speaking to the insurance company. Often times insurance companies want to settle outside of court, which may wind up being much less compensation than you deserve.

To learn more about pedestrian related crashes or see if you may be eligible for compensation, please contact the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., by calling (276) 451-2056.

Representing the injured and disabled for more than 30 years, the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., is proud to serve clients in Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee, as well as Bristol, Virginia.