Huntsville Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Tens of thousands of pedestrians are injured each year in accidents involving automobiles. When struck by a car, pedestrians can be severely injured, even in accidents where the car was traveling as little as 10 mph. While most pedestrian accidents involve people under the influence of drugs or alcohol or crossing busy lanes illegally, even when pedestrians take every safety precaution, they may be hit by drivers failing to take the necessary care to avoid accidents. If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian in an automobile accident, the Huntsville pedestrian accident lawyers at Conchin, Cloud & Cole, LLC have provided the information you need to make an informed decision in your case.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Drivers have an obligation to avoid hitting pedestrians, even if they are not in a crosswalk or sidewalk. Almost all pedestrian accidents involve negligence.
Some of the more common causes of drivers hitting pedestrians include:
- The driver is speeding or driving too fast for the conditions.
- The driver or pedestrian fails to obey traffic signals and laws.
- The driver is distracted by a cell phone or other distraction.
- The driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- The driver fails to see the pedestrian.
Whatever the cause of your accident, the injuries you suffer can result in months or even years of pain and suffering, medical expenses, and time missed from work.
How to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents
While no amount of precautions can guarantee you will be safe from accidents, there are a number of common sense precautions you can take to avoid being involved in an accident as a pedestrian.
- Wear bright or reflective clothing to improve your visibility.
- Avoid distractions and remain focused on where you are walking.
- Observe and obey all traffic laws and traffic signals.
- Avoid walking near busy streets when you’ve been drinking, or enlist the assistance of someone sober to help you navigate your walk safely.
- Walk defensively. Assume drivers do not see you or will not yield the right of way to you as a pedestrian.
Following these precautions will help keep you from injury in an accident.
What to Do If You’ve Been in a Pedestrian Accident
First, call the police to make a report of the accident and get medical help on the way. If you are still on the roadway and in danger of further injury, try to move off the road if you are able to do so safely. Exchange contact information with the driver, and get the driver’s insurance information, including the policy number. While waiting for the police to arrive, avoid too much conversation about the accident and restrict what you do say to the facts, making no speculation as to the cause of the accident or the extent of your injuries.
It’s always recommended that you contact an attorney after an accident. Our personal injury attorneys can help you assess the strengths of your case and give you an idea of the amount of compensation that is reasonable for your claim. Contact us today.