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Who may be held liable for pedestrian accidents?

Accidents involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian have the potential to be catastrophic. And because pedestrians are so vulnerable and lack any structural protection in a crash, they are typically the ones who suffer the brunt of the damage in a collision.

Considering how devastating pedestrian accident injuries can be, it can be crucial for victims and their families to understand their options to pursue legal action and compensation. Doing so can help people cover the financial damages of an accident and get the information they need to find some sense of closure. This begins with identifying the at-fault party.

There are a few different parties that may be to blame for a pedestrian accident.

In many accidents, the fault lies with the motorist that crashed into a pedestrian. There are laws in place with which drivers must comply in order to protect walkers, joggers, skateboarders and other pedestrians. Unfortunately, many drivers neglect this responsibility. They speed through school zones, drive through intersections without looking for pedestrians and fail to slow down and stop for people in crosswalks. Whether they make these decisions because they are reckless, distracted, impaired or simply ignorant of the laws, they may be named as the negligent party.

There are also accidents that stem from improper maintenance of a property. If crosswalks are not properly marked and maintained or there are obstructions on a sidewalk or driveway, the safety of pedestrians could be in jeopardy. The parties who are responsible for maintaining these premises could be held accountable if the unsafe condition contributes to an accident.

Finally, some accidents are caused by pedestrians. People may cross a street against a red light, fail to use crosswalks or run out in front of a car without looking. Pedestrians, like motorists, are expected to use reasonable care on the road.

Identifying the negligent party after an accident can be crucial for victims and their families. Not only can it answer questions of what happened, but it can also provide the basis for lawsuit seeking compensation. Of course money and legal accountability cannot prevent or undo the damages of a crash, but they can be crucial aspects of the recovery process following a serious accident.

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