Don’t Panic: Pedestrian Safety Is Paramount, But Drivers Have Rights, Too

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More than 4,000 pedestrians lost their lives in 2010 in the United States after being struck by a motor vehicle. If you’re the driver involved, it’s important to take several early steps after an accident involving a pedestrian.

  • First, stop the car and wait for police — or call them yourself. Leaving the scene for any reason can generate far more problems than it solves.
  • Get medical attention for anyone injured.
  • Collect information from eyewitnesses.
  • You should also take note of the background and surrounding area — whatever you can think of to bolster your claim that the accident was not your fault, including weather conditions and mechanical failure.
  • Be careful what you say — and never admit fault.

Just because you were behind the wheel, it’s not a slam-dunk that you will be found responsible for the accident. The truth is that pedestrians can be negligent or responsible in myriad ways such as rushing out from between parked cars, walking on the wrong side of the road, texting while walking or wearing earbuds that make it impossible for them to hear a warning horn. It’s important for you to know and understand that fact and behave accordingly.

After a pedestrian accident, call an experienced attorney right away. A good attorney knows and understands the nuances of the law and can interpret your information to help you better understand the unique circumstances of your accident.

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