Every year, thousands of pedestrians are injured or killed by motorists. The majority of victims in pedestrian accidents are children and the elderly. While there are many causes of pedestrian accidents, driver negligence is among the most common. Drivers are obligated to be aware of nearby pedestrians and are required to give them the right-of-way. Drivers are required to be aware of their surroundings and exercise proper caution when they are in neighborhoods where children are present, including parks and schools. When drivers make errors or fail to see pedestrians, accidents occur. Common driver errors include failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, disregarding traffic controls and signals, distracted driving and unsafe speed.
Not surprisingly, a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle will usually sustain serious injuries. Life threatening injuries to the spine, head, and internal organs are likely to occur for pedestrian accident victims. When you or a loved one have been injured as a pedestrian due to the negligence of an motorist, contact Huber, Waldron & Williams, LLP, for tenacious and reliable representation.