The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) projects 6,590 pedestrian deaths in the US in 2019. This is the highest number on record since 1988 and represents a 5% increase in pedestrian deaths as compared to 2018.
While you may assume that most pedestrian deaths occur on congested city roads or at busy intersections, the opposite is true. Most pedestrian fatalities occur on local roads, far away from intersections.
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you must prove the driver’s fault to receive compensation. Fault can include negligence, which means the driver failed to act reasonably for the circumstances. To prove negligence, you must show that the driver owed a legal duty to drive safely, then breached that duty through a negligent act or omission (speeding, failing to perform a complete stop, running a stop sign, making an improper turn, etc). If the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their conduct could rise to the level of recklessness and conscious disregard of risk.
Often, pedestrians are confused and disoriented after an accident. The driver may use this as an opportunity to blame the victim. You should discuss your case with a lawyer who has experience in pedestrian accidents, even before you speak to your own insurance company. A trusted pedestrian accident lawyer may help you prove your case in the following ways:
The lawyers at Saladino & Schaaf have decades of experience helping accident victims receive the compensation they deserve. Contact us for a free consultation or call us at 270-444-0406 (Paducah) or 270-753-1529 (Murray) to find out if you are entitled to compensation.
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