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Don't let pedestrian collisions keep you down

You race down a crosswalk on a seemingly ordinary day. However, all of a sudden, you see a car come toward you, and it does not stop. The next thing you know, you are on the ground and writhing in pain.

Pedestrian collisions in Indiana can easily occur when car drivers are careless behind the wheel. Fortunately, if a pedestrian crash causes you injury, you have the right to seek the at-fault driver accountable for any injuries you suffer as a result.

How many people do pedestrian accidents affect each year?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, about 5,000 pedestrians pass away in car-related crashes every year. In addition, around 76,000 pedestrians suffered injuries in car or truck accidents back in 2012.

What is negligence in a pedestrian accident?

In some cases, a pedestrian accident happens due to a car driver's negligence -- or failure to act in a manner that any reasonable individual would act in the same type of situation. In other words, the car driver failed to take the necessary steps to protect the pedestrian from risks that are foreseeable.

To establish negligence following a pedestrian collision, you must be able to prove the following:

  • The driver of the car legally had a duty to watch out for you based on the circumstances.
  • The driver breached his or her legal duty to watch out for you, through either inaction or action.
  • The driver caused the accident in which you were involved.
  • The accident that the driver caused led to your injuries.

What are some examples of negligence?

Negligence can come in a variety of forms. Below are a few examples of driver negligence that may cause a pedestrian accident:

  • A car driver operates the motor vehicle while distracted, such as texting while driving.
  • The driver drives while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • The car driver drives too quickly for road conditions.
  • The driver disregards traffic conditions or weather conditions.
  • The driver does not signal while making a turn.
  • The driver fails to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk.
  • The driver does not follow traffic signs and signals.

Your rights following a pedestrian collision

If a pedestrian accident causes you to become injured, it is within your rights to seek monetary compensation. Compensation may help you to cover your hospital bills, the loss of wages and other expenses resulting from pedestrian collisions.

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