Portland Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Standing Up for the Rights of Injured Pedestrians
Whether you are walking to the store, walking your dog, or simply walking to your car in a parking lot, being on foot anywhere near traffic puts you at risk of being involved in a sudden and possibly life-changing pedestrian accident. Pedestrians have absolutely nothing to protect them in the event of a collision with a motor vehicle – not even a helmet like most bicyclists and motorcyclists. This means that pedestrians often suffer extremely severe injuries when hit by a motor vehicle.
In many situations, injured pedestrians have the right to hold another party responsible for their medical expenses and other accident-related losses. If have been injured in an accident, your rights depend on the particular facts and circumstances of your case. Every accident victim should have a skilled personal injury attorney evaluate their legal rights and options. Rizk Law knows how to identify who may be held responsible after an accident and how to recover just compensation for injured victims. If you have been injured in an accident as a pedestrian, please do not hesitate to contact us for help.
The Risks of Pedestrian Accidents
Anyone walking on a sidewalk or roadway is at risk of getting hit by passing vehicles. Even if a pedestrian is taking all necessary safety precautions, negligent or reckless drivers can seemingly come out of nowhere and completely change a pedestrian’s life. Factors that increase the risk of being hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian include:
Young children – Young children often do not fully comprehend and recognize the risk of getting hit by a car. Young children who are not carefully supervised may run into the street or into the path of cars in a parking lot.
Impairment – Some pedestrians have limited abilities that prevent them from hearing, seeing, or avoiding vehicles. In addition, people impaired by alcohol or drugs are more likely step off the curb without being aware of oncoming traffic.
Intersections – Many pedestrians assume they are safe when crossing in a crosswalk at an intersection with the walk signal. However, intersections can be particularly hazardous. Watch out for drivers turning without checking to make sure a pedestrian is not in—or about to enter—the crosswalk. Drivers are often so concerned about other cars that they fail to notice walk signals or yield to pedestrians when necessary. Don’t step around a vehicle that is blocking the crosswalk—you may be stepping into oncoming traffic. In addition, watch for distracted or impaired drivers who may fail to stop at a red light or stop sign.
Non-intersections – Crossing the street where there is no intersection or available crosswalk can also be particularly hazardous. Drivers do not expect to see pedestrians crossing in these areas and are not prepared to slow or stop for a pedestrian. Crossing multiple lanes of cross-traffic can be especially dangerous.
Walking at night – Pedestrians can be hard enough for often distracted drivers to notice in daylight. If you walk at night, carry a light or wear reflective clothing to reduce your chances of being hit by a driver who does not see you.
Even when pedestrians take risks such as crossing the street without a walk signal, drivers nonetheless have a duty to take adequate care to avoid a collision. For example, even if a child runs into the street, a driver may still be at fault for driving too fast, looking at their phone, or otherwise failing to notice the child and avoid an accident. Many pedestrian accidents happen due to the negligence of drivers even if the pedestrian may have been partially at fault. If you were hit by a vehicle as a pedestrian, you should have a skilled attorney with experience handling these types of accidents evaluate whether the driver may be held accountable for your injuries.
The Extensive Losses of Injured Pedestrians
Because pedestrians have little to no protection, they are particularly vulnerable to severe injuries from the impact and trauma of a vehicular collision. Common injuries include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), broken bones, neck and back injuries, and even fatalities.
Losses from injuries that an accident victim may recover from a negligent driver include:
Medical expenses – These include the costs of emergency transport and medical treatment, hospitalization, surgeries, physical therapy, medication, medical equipment, home health care, and any other medical treatment necessitated by injuries from the accident.
Lost earnings – Injuries often require extended time away from work for recovery, and may also cause impairments that prevent victims from returning to their previous occupation, or from returning to work altogether. Victims may recover wages lost as a result, including past and future income.
Permanent injuries – Catastrophic injuries such as TBIs or spinal cord injuries can result in permanent disabilities, including cognitive impairments or paralysis. Victims may recover compensation for these permanent impacts.
Pain and suffering – Serious injuries can also cause physical and mental pain and suffering, which may be compensable for pedestrians injured when hit by negligent drivers.
Call for a Free Case Evaluation With a Portland Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Rizk Law handles many types of personal injury cases, including those involving seriously injured pedestrians. We advocate for the rights of injured accident victims and diligently pursue our clients’ rights to just compensation from negligent drivers. We have the skill and experience to ensure the best possible legal outcome in your case, while you focus on your physical recovery. If you have been injured in an accident as a pedestrian, contact us online or call 503-245-5677 to set up your free initial consultation today. Rizk Law represents clients in the Portland metro area, Salem, Sandy, Newport, Corvallis, Eugene, Vancouver, and throughout Washington State.