Pedestrian use of roads in many communities is on the decline, as is seen in the increasing number of pedestrian accidents. Despite increased safety measures, pedestrians are still being injured by vehicles. Understanding who can be held liable for these accidents is vital. Keep reading to learn more about what happens after a crosswalk accident and how a Maryland personal injury attorney can help you navigate your claim.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Crosswalk Accident Injuries?
In general, drivers are often held responsible for injuries to pedestrians in crosswalks. This is because those on foot have the right-of-way when waiting to enter and when in a crosswalk. As a result, the car must yield to the pedestrian.
This right-of-way also applies to intersections when a driver makes a left or right-hand turn, even if the car has a green light.
In certain instances, cars can be held liable even if the pedestrian was jaywalking or crossing the street outside a designated crosswalk. For example, if a pedestrian is crossing the road 300 feet away, the car has enough time to break before getting closer. If they fail to stop, the driver can be liable for injuries, even if they technically have the right-of-way. This is called “last clear chance.”
However, there are instances where pedestrians can be held liable for the injuries sustained. When pedestrians approach a crosswalk, they must exercise caution. Pedestrians are not permitted to dart out into the road or suddenly leave the curb without ensuring it is safe to do so. If a car is too close to the crosswalk, the pedestrian does not have the right-of-way, as it would be unsafe and challenging for the vehicle to break suddenly.
What Should I Do if I am Injured?
If you are injured in a crosswalk accident, ensuring you take the proper steps to ensure your safety is vital. The most important thing you must do is contact emergency services to request a police presence and emergency medical attention.
Once you have received the necessary medical attention, you’ll want to take photos and videos of the scene of the accident. This includes photos of the road conditions, vehicle, and the injuries you sustained. You should also determine if local residences and businesses have security footage that captured the accident, as this can be beneficial when filing a lawsuit.
The most important thing, however, is to contact an attorney as soon as possible. There are many nuances surrounding personal injury cases, and your best chance of receiving the compensation and justice you deserve is to contact the Law Offices of Debra Saltz. Our dedicated legal team will do everything possible to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your circumstances.