Crosswalk accidents are typically pedestrian-automobile accidents that occur at an intersection where there is heavy pedestrian traffic. Like any pedestrian accident, injuries resulting from these accidents can be very serious. A crosswalk accident can occur for many reasons, such as:
- A person driving recklessly or negligently (i.e., failed to stop or other violation)
- Poor visibility or driving conditions
- DUI (driving under the influence) was involved
- Various other factors
Crosswalk accidents can also involve crashes between a car and a bicycle, or between two cars (such as when a driver is trying to avoid a pedestrian).
Who can be Held Liable for Crosswalk Accidents?
In many cases, the driver of the car may be held liable for a crosswalk accident. As mentioned, this can happen for instance if the driver was driving too fast and did not have time to stop. Liability may be determined through the examination of various forms of evidence, including eyewitness reports, photos or videos, and accident reconstruction and forensic animation techniques.
In other instances, different parties can be responsible for an accident. An example of this is where the car did not stop due to faulty brakes or some other defect. In this case, the manufacturer of the vehicle might become liable based on a defective product theory.
In some cases, the victim of an accident can be held liable or partially liable for their own injuries. This can happen for instance if they knew of a risk or danger, yet proceeded to walk or linger in a crosswalk. Liability may also shift to the victim if they acted carelessly (such as running out into traffic).
Are There any Legal Remedies for Crosswalk Accident Claims?
Crosswalk accidents can sometimes be complex and may require legal action to fully resolve any disputes or conflicts. In such cases, a monetary damages award may be issued to the victim. The award will usually cover costs such as medical bills, hospital expenses, medication costs, loss of income, any property damage, and other related losses.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Crosswalk Accident Lawsuit?
Crosswalk accidents can be serious and may require the assistance of a legal professional. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need assistance with a claim. Your attorney can provide you with research and representation for you case, and can guide you throughout the process.