According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), over 83,000 people are struck by motor vehicles each year and of that number, about 5,000 are fatal incidents. Not only do motor vehicles pose a threat to pedestrians, sidewalk accidents happen all the time due to negligent oversight. There are a few legal factors that pedestrians should be aware of being for filing a claim. Although pedestrians have the right of way in most situations, they still have a duty to act with reasonable care for their own safety. Here is a small list of things to consider:
- Obey all crossing signs, especially the “walk” signal at a crosswalk
- Do not enter traffic at times where you would disrupt it’s flow
- Do not dart in front of any vehicles
- Use marked crosswalks when you crossing the street
Now that pedestrian responsibilities have been covered, the burden of safety that is placed on the driver of a motor vehicle can be expressed. Common things all drivers should consider are:
- Being attentive
- Indicate when turning
- Obey posted speed limits
- Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Yielding at marked cross walks
Considering these factors, the law places a great deal of burden on drivers to provide a safe roadway that will allow pedestrians to cross the streets at designated spots. The burden on the driver is elevated even more when the setting is a near a residential area or school where children are known to be present. Because of the unpredictable nature of children, drivers must exercise a greater awareness because of the risk associated with children.
If you or your child is struck by a motor vehicle you will need to contact a personal injury attorney to help you through the claims process. They will be able to get you the compensation you need, but most importantly they will be able to get you treated without having to come out of pocket. These attorneys use the directory PowerLiens.com, which is the largest online directory of physicians working on liens, to find doctors on lien to treat their clients.