Many victims of Michigan pedestrian accidents suffer injuries that adversely affect their quality of life. Whenever you are out walking, it is absolutely vital that you use caution by only crossing the street when and where it is safe to do so. Pedestrians who dart into traffic may only have themselves to blame if they get hurt.
Our award winning attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent pedestrians hit by car. This includes both pedestrians and joggers who were struck in parking lots, crosswalks and in locations that did not have crosswalks, sidewalks and more.
Actions Taken by Pedestrians Before Car Accidents
Learning about the actions taken by pedestrians who have been injured or killed in Michigan accidents can help us understand how to prevent future collisions. According to the 2012 Michigan Traffic Crash Facts:
- 797 pedestrians accidents occurred as pedestrians were crossing the road at an intersection. Pedestrians who are legally crossing the road in a crosswalk or at an intersection have the right-of-way. Drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians can be held accountable for their negligence.
- 550 pedestrians were struck while crossing the street away from an intersection. Pedestrians who are attempting to cross the road outside of a crosswalk must yield to oncoming traffic. Drivers must look out for pedestrians and make every effort to avoid those who choose to cross at dangerous locations.
- 218 accidents involved pedestrians who were walking in the roadway with traffic. While bicyclists are required to ride with traffic, pedestrians must walk against traffic when there is no sidewalk.
- 55 pedestrians were struck while walking against traffic. In these types of cases, investigators have to determine if the pedestrian was far enough to the left and why the driver was unable to avoid the crash.
- 116 pedestrians were struck while standing or lying in the roadway. Individuals should get out of the roadway as soon as possible.
- 108 pedestrians were walking straight ahead. In these instances, it must be determined why the motorist was unable to avoid the collision.
- 113 pedestrians were not in the roadway at the time of their accident. This means that the vehicle left the roadway before striking the pedestrian.
Pedestrian Safety Tips To Prevent Injury
All pedestrians would be well advised to be predictable. They should walk in areas designated for pedestrians and cross in crosswalks. Pedestrians should use sidewalks where provided and face traffic when forced to walk along the side of the road. It is also important to increase your visibility while walking. Make eye contact with motorists before crossing the road and wear bright clothing when walking at night. If you are walking on a dark road where there are only a few streetlights, it is a good idea to carry a flashlight and to wear reflective clothing. It is also advisable to avoid walking near busy streets when you have been drinking. You are more likely to make poor decisions if you are impaired.
Seeking Compensation For Pedestrian Car Accident Injuries
If you or a loved one was a pedestrian injured in a Michigan car accident, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your considerable losses. Support may be available for all of your medical bills, lost wages and other related damages.
In cases involving negligence and serious injuries, a skilled pedestrian accident attorney can help you seek compensation for non-economic losses such as physical pain and mental anguish as well. The experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. can help protect your rights and ensure that you are offered fair and full compensation for your significant losses. Please contact us at 1-800-606-1717 for a free and comprehensive consultation.