Drivers have a duty to operate their vehicle in a manner that does not place others in danger. This duty extends to pedestrians that may be crossing the road or walking through parking lots. If a driver hits a pedestrian, the driver may be held liable for damages if the driver was negligent in breaching the duty of care.
Pedestrian accidents occur throughout the year. However, during the winter, pedestrians may not be paying as much attention to traffic as they rush to get out of the cold. Pedestrians rushing across the street or rushing through a parking lot to their vehicle may not always look for oncoming vehicles. Drivers need to be aware of the increased risk of pedestrian accidents during the winter months in Erie.
Tips for Avoiding a Pedestrian Accident
As a driver, there are things you can do to avoid hitting a pedestrian crossing the street or walking in a parking lot. Some of the tips that can help you avoid a pedestrian accident include:
- Slow down when driving through pedestrian areas, such as neighborhoods, parks, and school zones.
- When approaching a crosswalk or intersection, look for pedestrians who might be ready to step into the road.
- Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Don’t pass vehicles that are stopped at intersections or crosswalks.
- Avoid all distractions while driving. Distracted driving is a common cause of pedestrian accidents.
- Give yourself additional time to arrive at your destination so that you are not rushed and feel the need to speed through intersections.
Pedestrians Need to Be Cautious Too
Pedestrians must remain alert and be cautious when crossing roads and walking through parking lots. Even though drivers have a duty to avoid accidents, that fact does not prevent some drivers from taking risks. Whenever possible, cross roads at intersections or crosswalks. Always look for oncoming traffic and wait until the vehicles have stopped completely. Never assume a driver sees you if the vehicle slows down.
When walking through a parking lot, watch for vehicles turning into parking spaces and backing out of parking spaces. Avoid distractions, including cell phones. Always hold hands with children to prevent them from darting in front of or behind vehicles.
Compensation for Pedestrian Accidents — Filing an Insurance Claim or Lawsuit
If a driver hits you, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You may receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering. In most cases, filing a claim with the driver’s insurance company is the easiest way to recover compensation for your injuries. However, the insurance company may deny liability or refuse to pay a fair amount to settle your claim. In those cases, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver.
Our Erie pedestrian accident attorney can help you file a claim and negotiate a settlement. If necessary, we can file a lawsuit to hold the negligent driver responsible. We are here to provide legal advice, guidance, and support throughout the entire claims process.
Do You Need Help with a Pedestrian Accident Claim?
For your free legal consultation with our Erie personal injury lawyer, call The Travis Law Firm at (800) 401-2066.