A pedestrian is defined as a person on foot either walking, running, or an individual using a walker. In broader terms a pedestrian may also be considered a person riding a bike, a skateboarder, a person rollerblading, or a person in a wheelchair.
While pedestrians are occasionally at fault in an accident involving a motor vehicle, the majority of vehicle related pedestrian accidents are the fault of motor vehicle drivers. Unfortunately we do not live in a perfect society where pedestrians and motor vehicle operators faithfully observe all traffic and safety laws. The result is thousands of pedestrians being injured or killed every day throughout the country.
There are five basic things that motor vehicle drivers are required to do, that if followed, would keep pedestrians out of harm’s way, and even save lives:
- Remain vigilant of their surroundings while driving.
- Refrain from activities that are considered distractive driving activities such as: Cellular Phone Talking and Texting, Reading While Driving, Applying Make-Up or Shaving While Driving, or Reaching for Items in the Car that takes their vision and attention away from driving and what is going on around them.
- Exercise proper precaution upon observing a child, a confused or incapacitated person, bicyclist, or other pedestrian on a nearby sidewalk or a roadway.
- Give warning by sounding the horn when necessary.
- Utilize the vehicles lights properly at night.
When a pedestrian is injured or killed as a result of being a victim of an accident, the law allows the victim to seek justice through civil litigation.
The Skiver Law Firn aggressively represents the legal rights and goals of pedestrians who are injured due to the negligence or carelessness of another.