Pedestrian Accidents

If a pedestrian is unfortunate to be involved in an accident with a motor vehicle, the potential for serious injury is high. Not only is the pedestrian at risk from a direct impact collision, the impact with the road surface creates additional dangers. An experienced Providence pedestrian accident attorney explains there are most often three considerations regarding liability:

  • The driver of the vehicle
  • The government agency responsible for maintaining the site of the accident
  • The pedestrian

The Driver

Most pedestrian accidents occur at intersections where a pedestrian is attempting to cross from one side to the other. A common assumption most drivers make is that they must yield to a pedestrian only if the pedestrian has entered a marked crosswalk. A Providence pedestrian accident lawyer reports that this is legally incorrect. By law, a crosswalk exits at every intersection where roadways meet at a right angle and drivers must yield to pedestrians at every crosswalk. Other common driver errors observed by a Providence pedestrian accident attorney include:

  • Driving around another car turning left and failing to see a pedestrian
  • Focusing so intently on waiting for traffic to clear before turning and failing to see a pedestrian

Maintenance

The municipality where the incident occurred has a responsibility to maintain both the roadway surface and the signage at intersections. As explained by a Providence pedestrian accident attorney, if, for example, a crosswalk sign or traffic signal light is timed so that it is impossible or difficult for a pedestrian to cross before the light turns, that may be deemed negligent. Other maintenance concerns involve improper street lighting making it difficult for pedestrians to be seen and uneven road or sidewalk surfaces. If a lawsuit is brought against a government agency, a Providence pedestrian accident lawyer cautions that a shorter statute of limitations in which to bring the claim typically applies.

The Pedestrian

In some cases, the pedestrian may share some liability for the accident. However, a Providence pedestrian accident attorney will explain that will not prevent the injured pedestrian from collecting damages from another party who shares liability for the accident.

There Is Nothing Pedestrian About These Accidents

Your injuries are unique to you. If you were struck by a car in anyway you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys of Robinson & Clapham want to hear from you. Contact us immediately for a free consultation at a time convenient to do. Reach us by email or at our Providence and Wakefield offices at 401-400-3841 or 401-594-4365.