Warmer weather means spending more time outdoors, which also means an increase in pedestrian accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 5,000 pedestrians are fatally injured in car accidents every year. Whether it is a family heading out on vacation, joggers and cyclists out for their daily exercise, or a teen heading to the beach, warmer weather may increase your risk of a car accident. If you or someone you know was in a motor vehicle accident, you may have questions about your rights.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Distracted driving is one of the main causes of pedestrian accidents. Distracted driving includes using a cellphone and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Other causes of pedestrian accidents include speeding through an intersection without yielding to pedestrians, failing to signal while turning, and hard to interpret crosswalks. Factors such as sun glare and construction work also puts both drivers and pedestrians at risk. When someone is injured by a negligent driver, they have the right to file a claim.
Pedestrian Duty of Care
Pedestrians are responsible for exercising reasonable care when it comes to their own safety. If they do not, they can be held fully or partially liable for an accident. Failing to use marked crosswalks, running out in front of a moving vehicle, and ignoring the walk signal are factors that may contribute to pedestrian negligence. Some of the most common pedestrian injuries include:
- Broken bones and fractures
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
After being involved in a car accident, you should stay at the scene until help arrives. You should also gather the names and contact information from bystanders who witnessed the accident. You should also avoid making statements to anyone, including insurance companies.
Tips to Stay Safe This Summer
- Pay attention and always follow traffic rules when walking
- Use crosswalks and sidewalks
- Look for vehicles coming from all directions
Atlantic City Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm Represent Victims Injured in Car Accidents
If you were the victim in a pedestrian accident, you have the right to file a personal injury claim. Contact an Atlantic City pedestrian accident lawyer at the D’Amato Law Firm today. Our experienced lawyers will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 609-926-3300. From our office in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, we represent clients throughout South Jersey, including Atlantic City, Linwood, Galloway Township, Cape May, Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton, Ocean City, and Woodbury.