In 2015, roughly 129,000 pedestrians sought emergency services for crash-related injuries, and an additional 5,376 were killed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, we understand that being injured in a pedestrian accident can be traumatizing, painful, and frustrating. "Our Tulsa pedestrian accident lawyer can help recover compensations from someone's negligent actions."
Whether you’re biking alongside a busy roadway, or strolling on a residential sidewalk with your children, pedestrians face notable dangers on a daily basis. Driver inattention can quickly turn a casual jog into a hazardous situation, and while everyone on or near roads has a responsibility to act with care, those operating bigger, possibly lethal, vehicles have a more prominent responsibility to drive cautiously.
At Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, our capable attorneys provide reputable, honorable legal assistance to meet our clients’ needs. Our team has more than a century of combined legal experience, and we have used our ample resources to recover millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We know how to handle personal injury cases, and we are dedicated to seeking maximum recompense to cover your damages.
WHAT CAUSES PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS?
Due to close proximity to the road, most pedestrian injuries are caused by auto-related accidents. In fact, nearly half of all pedestrian accidents occur as a result of drunk driving. Other motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents care caused by driver inattention, poor visibility due to weather or meager signage, or simple carelessness. However, pedestrians can also be injured because of a failure to maintain property, especially sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, or walkways.
Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Intoxicated driving
- Distracted driving
- Failure to obey traffic laws
- Failure to yield to pedestrians
- Failure to maintain property
The injuries pedestrians sustain in accidents vary depending on the type of accident they are involved in. With auto-related injuries, pedestrians are likely to suffer broken bones, especially in the lower extremities, because of contact with either the front or rear bumper of the vehicle.
Many pedestrian injuries also include concussions due to contact with the concrete when a pedestrian falls, either due to poorly maintained walkways, or an impact with a motor vehicle. Some pedestrians are also injured by construction sites near roads, where the sidewalk is not safely blocked off, or improperly diverted to a safe area.
Some of the most common pedestrian injuries include:
- Head trauma, including concussions
- Spinal injuries, especially whiplash
- Broken bones
- Abdominal trauma
- Chest injuries
DETERMINING LIABILITY FOR PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS
In motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians, the responsibility for the crash typically falls to the shoulders of the negligent driver. However, sometimes it could be the fault of poorly maintained roads, malfunctioning traffic signals, or other outlying factors. In these cases, a third party may be responsible for failure to maintain safe road conditions. In some situations, the pedestrian may be partially at fault for distraction, impairment, or carelessness.
CAN A PEDESTRIAN BE AT FAULT IN A CAR PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT?
In short, yes, a pedestrian can be found to be at least partially responsible for a car-pedestrian accident. Some of the most common situations where a pedestrian can be found at fault are:
- A pedestrian was crossing against the traffic signal
- A pedestrian was crossing the road outside a crosswalk
- A pedestrian was walking where pedestrian access is clearly not allowed
Pedestrian accident liability can be complex with many factors needing to be considered. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact Richardson Richardson Boudreaux today to get started on your case.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT
After being injured in a pedestrian accident, the most important thing you should do is seek medical attention. Even if you feel you are fine, there could be internal damage, or the adrenaline may be masking any injuries. The safest thing to do is see a medical professional as soon as possible to ensure you did not suffer any serious harm. Next, reach out to the Tulsa pedestrian injury lawyer at Richardson Richardson Boudreaux for legal help.
Contact Richardson Richardson Boudreaux for a free consultation to discuss your pedestrian injury case.