Sidewalk accidents are personal injury accidents that happen on a sidewalk. They usually involve a pedestrian being injured by another party. One example of a side walk accident involves a bicyclist riding on the sidewalk instead of in the street. The bicyclist collides with a pedestrian causing injuries. The injuries may be minor or severe depending on the collision and/or health of the pedestrian.
Is a Pedestrian Crash the Same Thing as a Sidewalk Accident?
No. A pedestrian crash typically refers to any automobile accident involving a pedestrian. These accidents usually happen when a person is walking in the street.
Can a Slip and Fall Accident Happen on a Sidewalk?
Yes. A slip and fall accident occurs when a person slips, trips, or slides on the ground. For example, a person can slip on a snowy and icy sidewalk that has not been properly maintained by a property owner.
Who Is Responsible for Sidewalk Accidents?
Who is at fault for a sidewalk accident depends on whether or not one of the parties was negligent. A person is negligent when they fail to use the amount of care an ordinary person would in the same or similar circumstances. The person causing the accident may have been responsible for protecting the victim from harm. However, in certain situations, the victim may be entirely or partially responsible for the accident because of their own negligence.
How Do I Determine Who Is Negligent?
Negligence involves specific points, or elements, a plaintiff needs to prove to win a case. These elements include:
- Duty: The person causing the accident owed the plaintiff a duty to not cause the accident
- Breach of Duty: The person causing the accident caused harm to the victim
- Cause: The person causing the accident was indirectly or directly responsible for the accident
- Damages: The victim’s injuries led to certain damages such as medical bills and lost wages
Do I Need an Attorney to Help Me with the Sidewalk Lawsuit?
It is highly advised to contact a personal injury attorney about an injury that occurred while on the sidewalk. The attorney will explain your legal rights and file a lawsuit on your behalf.