A recent report states that every year thousands of pedestrians suffer injuries or die in motor vehicle related accidents. Pedestrians get hit by a car or truck majorly while they are trying to cross highways or roads. Also, poor construction of roads, negligent driving, parking lot defects are some of the reasons of pedestrian accidents. A pedestrian has the legal right to recover damage for such injuries if it is caused by other party’s negligence or irresponsible public behaviour. Driver of a vehicle, party maintaining the road owe a legal duty if a pedestrian is harmed or injured due to their action or inaction. To avoid pedestrian accidents, both pedestrians and drivers / road officials must follow the rules of the road and take appropriate care. A driver may be held responsible due to his negligent behaviour such as vehicle speeding, failing to signal during turns, unwillingness to follow traffic signs or signals, running red light, consuming alcohol or drugs before and during driving and distracted driving. Small children are at a higher risk of getting hit by a vehicle as they are very unpredictable. As per the law, drivers have to be more careful when they see children near their vehicles while driving by schools, parks and residential places. A pedestrian must also make sure that he or she exercises reasonable care and avoids being negligent. Failing to use marked crosswalks, walking in the traffic, ignoring the traffic signals shows how irresponsible pedestrians are towards their safety.
If both the parties (pedestrian and driver) are at fault, the law of negligence may be eligible to both the parties depending on the area they live in. Victims of pedestrian accidents have the legal right to get financial compensation for lost wages, financial issues, medical care and treatment expenses. In cases of negligent driving causing death to adult pedestrians, the pedestrians’ family have the right to sue the driver for wrongful death. The lawsuit rules of recovering the damages may vary from place to place. The damages that can be recovered from the negligent party by the deceased pedestrian’s immediate family members for a wrongful death include medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost income, mental suffering and pain. If you are involved in a pedestrian accident, make sure to call the police for immediate help and collect names and phone numbers of witnesses of the accident. If you or any of your loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident in the Las Vegas area and needs legal help, you will require an experienced and trusted attorney who can help you through the legal process. Adam Kutner has been helping victims by evaluating their claim and helps them understand how it applies to the legal system and their insurance company. Adam Kutner has a proven record of providing the best results possible to help the victims receive the compensation they are entitled to and deserve under the law.