When pedestrians are involved in motor vehicle accidents, the potential for serious injury or death is substantial. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,654 pedestrians died in 2007 and many thousands more were seriously injured. Unlike multiple-vehicle accidents, pedestrians involved in motor vehicle accidents do not have the protective shell that motor vehicle occupants do; nor do they have other safety devices, such as airbags and seatbelts to prevent serious injuries.
Determining who is negligent in pedestrian accident cases can be complicated. Motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians may occur because of a variety of factors, which may be the fault of the pedestrian, the driver of the vehicle, or both. Some of the various factors that must be considered in pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents include:
- Were you paying attention to traffic when you crossed?
- Were you jaywalking or crossing in a designated crosswalk?
- Did the car run a red light or ignore posted pedestrian crossing signs?
If possible, you should try to find witnesses at the scene who can verify your account of the accident.
Levenbaum Trachtenberg Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Can Help
If you are a pedestrian who was injured in an auto accident, call Levenbaum Trachtenberg at 602-271-0183 today for a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your pedestrian accident case. You can also fill out and submit a case consultation form on this website.