Dealing with an injury as a result of a pedestrian accident can be a difficult, painful, and time-consuming process. However, you don’t have to deal with it on your own. Our attorneys are well-equipped to give your case the time and energy required to ensure you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
Types of Pedestrian Accidents
The types of pedestrian accidents are wide and varied, but most fall into these five main categories:
- Driver distractions
Distractions are one of the main causes of pedestrian accidents. Distractions could be as obvious as texting or subtle as simply not paying attention to your surroundings. It only takes a second to cause an accident.
- Failure to yield the right of way
It can be tempting to pull out in front of another vehicle because you think you have time. However, it can be difficult to calculate exactly how fast another vehicle is traveling. If you have a yield sign, make sure the intersection is clear before proceeding.
- Failure to stop at a crosswalk, traffic sign, or stoplight
Similar to failing to yield, failure to come to a complete stop is also extremely dangerous. A stoplight gives pedestrians a chance to cross an intersection safely.
It is important for all drivers to remain patient when driving. Speeding often causes drivers to lose control while preventing them from making quick defensive driving decisions.
- Failure to stop prior to turning right at a red light
Although a right turn at a red light is permitted, it must be done after a complete stop. Stopping before making the turn allows the driver to see if there are any pedestrians in the intersection.
Many people are unaware of the various laws that protect pedestrians. We will thoroughly review the facts of your case to determine who is at fault. Our pedestrian accident attorneys will help you fight to win your personal injury claim.
Discovery Insurance Coverage
Many injured pedestrians can be entitled to multiple levels of insurance benefits and potentially multiple insurance policies. The Attorneys at Moore Law Firm investigate all levels of insurance coverage that may apply to compensate you for your injuries such as primary liability, secondary liability, employer liability policies, umbrella policies, and excess policies.
Injured parties in Alabama can also access their own automobile policy under the Uninsured Motorist coverage. Even though the injury occurred while you were not operating a motor vehicle, this coverage still applies due to the fact the injuries were caused by a motor vehicle accident. In Alabama, you can also stack up to three (3) vehicles’ coverage per policy. This means that if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident even as a pedestrian, you are not only entitled to coverage from the at-fault party’s policy, but you can also potentially have claims for the coverage under your own automobile vehicle policies.
What Should I Do After a Pedestrian Accident?
Moore Law Firm’s pedestrian attorneys will begin by first securing the scene for evidence. This includes interviewing bystanders, taking notes from the pedestrian’s view, and attempting to see if there is video footage of the accident. Once the scene has been investigated and locked down for evidence, lawyers will paint an accurate picture for a judge.
Moore Law Firm attorneys will compile evidence and fight for the right amount of injury money from insurance companies. It is notable that we will also investigate insurance policies of both parties. Most pedestrians are unaware of uninsured motorist coverage that their own policies offer.
Pedestrian Accident FAQs
- Are pedestrians required to follow road markings?
Yes. Mobile, AL laws uphold rules regarding jaywalking.
- Is the pedestrian subject to traffic signals?
Yes, pedestrians are subject to abiding by all traffic signals at intersections and along roadways.
- When should pedestrians yield?
Pedestrians should yield when crossing traffic crosswalks to all oncoming vehicles while at an intersection.