What Can I Do If I Was In An Accident While Walking?
When you go out for a walk, jog or run, you assume you will be safe. However, More pedestrians are injured or killed now than a decade ago. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 129,000 people are treated for nonlife-threatening injuries and about 6,000 people die after an accident that happens while walking.
If you were injured or someone you care about was hurt or killed on their walk, call Allen Wellman McNew Harvey, LLP. We have decades of experience helping people with personal injury cases throughout Indiana.
Driver Negligence Causes Most Pedestrian Accidents
Most accidents involving pedestrians happen when drivers:
- Are distracted
- Fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians
- Disobey traffic signs/signals
- Don’t signal their turns
- Disregard weather or traffic conditions
- Drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Property Hazards Are Dangerous For Walkers
Property owners must maintain safety standards, and they must warn people of hazards.
To succeed in a case for injuries against a property owner, you must prove the owner created the hazard or knew about it and did nothing to fix it. Your case is stronger if you can prove the hazard could have been discovered and corrected.
There are additional difficulties for anyone who was hurt walking if the road is maintained by the city, county or state and it was not properly maintained or there was a defective design. Depending on the details, you might be able to sue the entity that was supposed to maintain the road.
Property liability cases are complicated. It can be hard to recover damages. Call us for help.
Indiana’s Personal Injury And Pedestrian Rights Attorneys
Contact us if you seriously hurt and the driver was negligent while you were walking or jogging; we can work with you to prove their liability and recover the maximum compensation.