Crosswalk Pedestrian Accidents
Statically, over ten percent of traffic deaths include pedestrian or bicyclists who were struck by cars or other motor vehicles. An even larger percentage of individuals involved in bike and pedestrian accidents sustain life-altering injuries, comprising of head and brain injuries.
Driving too fast — or speeding — is the main cause of motor vehicle accidents in the state of Massachusetts. Unfortunately, a great many of these accidents occur not with other drivers, but rather with pedestrians crossing the street at designated cross walks. Persons walking on foot or riding a bicycle have a right to use cross walks, sidewalks, and bike lanes without having to worry that they will be struck by a motor vehicle. Many of these accidents are caused by reckless and irresponsible drivers who are not paying attention to the roadway.
If you or a loved one has been injured or wrongfully killed following a pedestrian accident, call the Boston personal injury lawyers at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. today at 617-225-2100 for a FREE and confidential consultation.
Pedestrians have no physical barriers to protect themselves when they are hit by a car, truck, or other vehicles, so they are very susceptible to injury. Pedestrian accidents can result in injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Skin burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Severe cuts and bruises
It is imperative that drivers pay strict attention to the road conditions upon which they travel to ensure the safety of all parties who use the roadway:
- Traffic conditions: the number of vehicles on the road and the speed at which the cars travel affects the level of danger one driver poses to another individual on the road
- Road conditions: including how wide the road is and whether the road surface is rough or smooth affects a driver's ability to control his or her vehicle
- Weather conditions and visibility: situations that make it difficult for a driver to see the road, including rain, snow, ice, dust, and wind
- Pedestrians or bicyclists: individuals traveling along or across the road are in constant danger of a driver not clearly seeing them or stopping in time for them to cross the street
A few of the most common factors contributing to driver negligence in pedestrian accidents are:
- Pre-occupied driver
- A driver's failure to observe the posted speed limits
- A driver's failure to yield for pedestrians at marked cross walks
- A driver negligently turns at an intersection
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to the negligence of a motorist while crossing the street on foot as a pedestrian, you are entitled to recover damages for you or your loved one's lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, and rehabilitation expenses. Contact the Boston car accident attorneys at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. today at 617-225-2100.