Unfortunately, many areas are built for motor vehicle transportation, making it increasingly difficult for pedestrians to travel safely on foot. This is made worse when drivers fail to properly yield to those at crosswalks, which are safe areas for those traveling by foot. However, proving liability in crosswalk accidents can be challenging, as often, this can be a “he said, she said” situation. If you were injured by a negligent driver while in a crosswalk, you’ll want to keep reading to learn more about liability and discover how Monmouth County pedestrian accident attorneys can help you navigate this situation.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Crosswalk Accident?
If you are injured while in a crosswalk, the driver is almost always liable for injuries that occur. This is because pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk, meaning drivers must yield to them. This includes crosswalks that are in the middle of the road, as well as those positioned at traffic lights. Pedestrians also have the right of way at intersections, even if the driver has a green light, so long as the pedestrian has the “walk” signal. This means drivers with a green light may be unable to make left or right-hand turns until the pedestrian has exited the crosswalk.
However, if a pedestrian is not paying attention, such as looking at their phone, or steps into the crosswalk when the car is too close to stop, they will likely be unable to pursue damages from the driver who struck them. Pedestrians must exercise caution before walking into the road, such as slowing down and looking both ways before stepping into the crosswalk. It is also important to note that pedestrians who do not use crosswalks can be ticketed for jaywalking and do not have the right of way. However, a driver can still be held liable for any injuries sustained, even if they have the right-of-way, as it can be determined that the driver had more than enough time to stop before hitting the pedestrian.
Can a Lawyer Help?
If you are a pedestrian injured in a crosswalk by a negligent driver, you’ll want to do what you can to receive the necessary compensation for the damages sustained. If possible, talk to witnesses and visit local homes and businesses to gather any security footage that may have caught the accident on film.
However, the most important thing you must do is contact a lawyer. While you have two years to file a lawsuit against the driver, acting quickly is recommended.
When you need legal representation, the Wilton Law Firm is ready to help. Our New Jersey legal team has the necessary experience to help you through this complicated process. Reach out to our offices today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.