Common Reasons Why Drivers Hit Pedestrians On The Road

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Getting into an accident as a pedestrian can be one of the most devastating experiences you may go through. Normally, a driver is expected to come to a stop when a pedestrian is crossing the street, but some drivers fail to give a pedestrian the right-of-way for a variety of reasons.

Distracted Driving

The driver might not have been paying attention to the road and may not have seen you. The driver might take their eyes off of the road, could be distracted by an argument they are having with a passenger in the car, or may have any number of other distractions. If the driver was distracted, they will be considered negligent and will be held responsible for the accident.


The driver may have been speeding. By speeding, the driver will not have enough time to slow down and avoid hitting you. Also, the faster the driver is traveling, the more injured you might be after the accident.

Blowing Through a Red Light

If you are crossing the street at an intersection, you should wait until the light is red. However, a driver could choose to blow through the stoplight and end up colliding with you. If this is the case, the driver will likely be considered at fault.

Failure to Yield

Some drivers choose not to yield to a pedestrian and may try to drive around them. This can create a dangerous situation where the driver might hit the pedestrian by accident. In any situation where the driver is negligent, you will need to contact a personal injury attorney so they can help you build a case.

Your Pedestrian Personal Injury Case

A personal injury attorney will help you begin the process of negotiating a settlement. This will require that you prove that the other driver is at fault for your accident and that you suffered damages as a result of the accident.

Why You Need Legal Representation After an Accident

If you're a pedestrian, you will usually not be considered at fault for the accident. However, there are some cases where a pedestrian is considered to be at fault. Therefore, you will need to make sure that you work with a personal injury attorney who will help you build a solid case and negotiate a settlement so you will be able to receive compensation for your injuries. 

For more information, contact a local law office such as Jarvis, McArthur & Williams.


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