Need an Injury Attorney for a Pedestrian Accident in Wisconsin?
In 2001, 1 pedestrian was injured just about every 5 hours. Every year in Wisconsin, about 60 pedestrians lose their lives due to motor vehicle drivers not taking proper precautions to be mindful of pedestrians and give them the right of way as required by law. About 1,200 will suffer from serious injuries. Are you one of these 1,200 and have suffered serious injuries due to a serious pedestrian accident that could have been prevented? If you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be aware of the fact that you can be compensated for these injuries depending on their severity and the damages that have stemmed from your accident.
Generally, because of the fact that pedestrians have a right of way, they are able to cross the street at any place. This means that drivers must constantly be on the lookout for anybody who decides to cross a street, even if this means at an intersection or on the highway. Every year, drivers continue to disobey the rules of the road, which means that adults and children lose their lives or receive minor to permanent injuries that can affect them for quite some time. How do you work toward the compensation you deserve after a serious pedestrian accident?
Drivers and Their Duty of Care to Pedestrians
Pedestrians are entitled to the highest duty of care on our roadways because they are most susceptible to accidents when they have no protection from the outside elements. A pedestrian is unable to protect himself or herself against a vehicle that weighs several thousand pounds. Common forms of negligence take place on our roadways every year that effect pedestrians:
- Improper lane use that forces pedestrians onto roadways
- Unmarked crosswalks leading to intersection accidents
- Left-hand turn accidents when drivers fail to look for pedestrians
- Use of electronics by drivers and pedestrians
- Dark clothing that makes spotting a pedestrian difficult
As you can see, pedestrians are hit and injured for a variety of reasons every year in Wisconsin. How can you prove a party is liable for your accident?
Proving Liability in Your Accident
Every day in the U.S., drivers fail to follow the rules of the road, which could lead to the most serious accidents. Thousands upon thousands of pedestrian accidents occur due to ‘small mistakes’ that lead to big accidents – such as taking a glimpse at a phone, speeding, and deciding to get behind the wheel of a car after a driver has been drinking. Drivers owe pedestrians a duty of care, so if you can prove that a driver breached this duty of care to you and you were injured as a result, you may have a case and be able to compensate for your injuries.
It is not unheard of for a pedestrian to sustain lasting injuries in one of these serious accidents. This could mean piles upon piles of medical bills and time lost from work, which leads to less income. We may be able to help. If you have sustained a Wisconsin pedestrian accident, call us today to find out how you can move forward.