Seeking Compensation After a Pedestrian Accident?
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A pedestrian being struck by a car is a very serious thing. With nothing to protect a human walking on a sidewalk or crossing a street from the heavy and often quickly moving car, pedestrians are often left with debilitating injuries. When a pedestrian is struck by a driver, there are few different variables that may put the fault of the injuries on either the pedestrian or the driver of the vehicle. The fault is often blamed on the pedestrian if a person jaywalks across a street. Every year, thousands of people are killed from being struck by a car after jaywalking. Jaywalking is a misdemeanor that requires appearance in a court of law. Other pedestrian-caused accidents involve a person ignoring traffic signals or darting into the roadway chasing a pet or child.
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Drivers are often held responsible for pedestrian/car accidents if they ignore crosswalks and traffic signals. Drivers most commonly strike pedestrians at intersections, where they are often looking left at oncoming traffic, waiting to turn right. When they see it is clear to turn, drivers do not often look into the crosswalk before moving their vehicles and end up colliding with pedestrians. Drivers will also be at fault for pedestrian collisions that include ignoring school bus signals and not yielding to pedestrians already crossing the street.