Three Things You Should Know If You Have Been Injured As A Pedestrian By A Car

26 April 2023
 Categories: Law, Blog

State laws vary concerning compensation to a pedestrian for injuries sustained by a car. There are a few states that have no-fault insurance systems, but they also have special provisions for pedestrians who were injured by cars. For this reason, you should always consult an attorney with experience defending pedestrians. The following are a few things you should know about this type of accident.

The driver is almost always at fault when you're in the crosswalk

If you're in a crosswalk where there's a traffic signal, provided you were walking with a green light, your attorney will have a strong case. Not only were you following the laws for pedestrians, but the driver clearly ran a red light. The one exception to this is when the light turns green, and as you step off the curb to cross, the driver makes a right turn directly into you. Drivers are supposed to yield to pedestrians, but they often look at the green light and are oblivious to pedestrians.

There are implied crosswalks, even when there are no markings

In a perfect world of pedestrian safety, there are crosswalks on every corner that are clearly marked in bright white paint. Unfortunately, there are only painted crosswalks at the busiest intersections, and even when crosswalks are marked, they can be faded and difficult to see. However, no marked crosswalk is the most common situation for pedestrians, but in most jurisdictions, there is an implied crosswalk If you are crossing a street from one corner to the other corner and are struck by a car, the driver is likely at fault.

When you get hit by a car, you should call the police

When you are hit by a car, your adrenaline is going to be pumping, much longer than it would be if you're inside a car and have a small fender bender. This adrenaline can often mask a serious injury. In addition, you are likely to be in a state of shock. But regardless of how you feel, it's important to call 911 emergency or have someone else do it for you. If the police come to the scene of the accident, they will make a report of what happened. It may be the case that the driver left the scene of the accident. The police will need as much information as you can provide them about the car and driver.

When you have been hit by a car, always call the police. It is important that a report of the incident be made because you may not realize you have been hurt. Never make any assumptions about laws regarding pedestrians. Therefore, always contact an attorney. 

For more info about pedestrian accident law, contact a local professional.