On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
Pedestrian victims have legal protections victims may wish to consider when injured in a pedestrian accident. A 38-year old man was recently struck in a crosswalk just outside of Portland on New Year’s Day. Police reported that the victim was seriously injured while walking in the crosswalk; the victim was listed in critical condition following the auto-pedestrian accident. Multiple lanes of traffic were closed during the accident investigation. The driver that struck the victim remained at the accident scene; police noted that it does not appear alcohol or speed were factors in the pedestrian accident. Pedestrian accidents can lead to serious, and severe, injuries due to the vulnerability of pedestrians sharing the roadways with passenger vehicles and other types of vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, more than 78,000 pedestrians suffer injuries each year when hit by a car or a truck. Injured pedestrians may have a claim for damages if the negligence of a driver resulted in the injuries the victim suffered. A negligent driver who causes a pedestrian accident may be liable to compensate and injured victim for damages suffered as a result of the accident. Drivers can be negligent in causing auto-pedestrian accidents in a variety of ways. A distracted driver who injures a victim as a result of a failure to observe a traffic law or rule or a driver who strikes a pedestrian in a crosswalk as a result of a failure to yield may both be considered negligent and liable to the victim for damages. Injured pedestrian victims may face a variety of physical, emotional and financial challenges following an unexpected auto-pedestrian accident. A trained personal injury attorney can help a victim understand the process of bringing a claim for damages and receiving compensation to aid with recovery. Source: Portland Tribune, “Gresham pedestrian seriously injured on New Year’s Day,” Beverly Corbell, Jan. 3, 2014