Auburn, with tens of thousands of college students mixed with permanent residents, can be a dangerous city for pedestrians. Our pedestrian accident lawyers know that when a large car, truck or motorcycle strikes someone on foot or on a bicycle, the pedestrian often suffers serious and sometimes fatal injuries.
While a pedestrian might have sustained a traumatic brain injury, internal organ damage or broken bones, the victim might have a difficult time getting compensation for the losses. That's because the insurance company for the at-fault driver may try to offer a low-ball settlement or deny the claim outright. An insurance adjuster might even argue the person on foot was acting negligently when hit and should not receive any money.
Drivers must yield to pedestrians. Even if the driver believes the person on foot is not observing the rules of the road, the driver should sound his or her horn and slow down or stop. Even if the pedestrian is partially at fault in an accident, the driver might still be liable. Pedestrian accidents can be complicated, which is why it's wise to consult with an experienced Auburn attorney if you are injured or you lose a loved one in an accident.
Any number of factors can play into a pedestrian accident, but the following are some of the common causes:
- Drunk driving: A driver who had too much to drink before getting behind the wheel may have a slowed reaction time. He or she might not stop in time for a pedestrian who has entered a crosswalk. In other cases, a drunk driver might even lose control of the vehicle and strike a pedestrian using a sidewalk.
- Failing to observe traffic signals: Drivers might run a stop sign or red light and collide with someone on foot, or a person on a bicycle or skateboard.
- Turning right at an intersection: A pedestrian might notice a green light and begin crossing the road. At the same time, a driver might be making a right turn. The driver might think it's clear to turn but may not have noticed the pedestrian. The driver may be liable if he or she strikes the pedestrian.
- Distracted driving: Texting while driving has become a major problem on Auburn roads. It's one of many forms of distractions that can lead to car crashes involving pedestrians.
Pedestrians rarely walk away unscratched after being struck by a vehicle. They might sustain broken bones or brain injuries if they strike the head on the vehicle or the pavement after being thrown by the force of the impact of the car.
If you or a loved one was injured or a loved one died in a pedestrian accident in Auburn, don't hesitate to contact us at our Auburn office. Call 334-741-4110 to find out how we can help.