Our Attorneys Will Hold the Negligent Driver Accountable!
Our pedestrian accident attorneys know that people who are walking or out for a run, or folks who are riding a bicycle or a skateboard are vulnerable to serious injuries if struck by a car or truck on a road.
While pedestrians should use caution when sharing a Huntsville road with other vehicles, an accident often is linked to a careless action by a driver. One common type of driver negligence frequently cited in pedestrian accidents is not paying attention when operating near a crosswalk. This may be due to the driver being drunk or being distracted by texting while driving. Failure to use turn signals, disobeying speed limits, or not responding to road conditions such as snow or ice are other common causes of pedestrian accidents. Drivers incur a higher expectation of responsibility when the pedestrian is a child, who is not expected to behave as predictably as an adult pedestrian would.
What are common causes of pedestrian accidents?
Causes and responsibilities in pedestrian accidents are not always as clear as they might seem. While pedestrians have the right of way in many instances, both the vehicle operator and the pedestrian have responsibilities to proceed with care and caution.
Pedestrians are mainly bound to the indicators that determine their right of way: crossing only with the "walk" signal and staying within the cross-walk boundaries. They are also expected not to interrupt traffic flow by suddenly entering the roadway.
What are common injuries?
Everyone knows that cars provide certain protections in the event of an accident. Cars come equipped with seat belts and airbags. Even without these safety features, a driver or passenger in a car involved in a minor accident might not sustain any injury because of the protection of the steel frame.
Pedestrians, on the other hand, have nothing to protect them if struck by a large vehicle. That's why they are prone to serious injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord damage and bone fractures, to name just a few serious injuries.
Often, a pedestrian initially sustains an injury from the initial impact of the vehicle. The victim's head might strike the windshield of the car. A moment later, the victim may be sent hurtling through the air. The second injury may be sustained when he or she strikes the ground.
Our attorneys fight on behalf of victims and families who lost loved ones in accidents involving pedestrians. Our job is to help clients get their medical bills paid. We also understand that an accident can mean lost time from work, which can hurt you financially.
We are prepared to work zealously on behalf of clients and build the strongest case possible. We have a track record of successful results, including significant verdicts and settlements. Talk to us today to learn about your options.