As with any motor vehicle collision, pedestrians have a right to recover for their injuries resulting from someone else’s negligence or inattention. The injured pedestrian may be able to recover not only the cost of medical care, but also for loss of income and pain and suffering. In some cases the pedestrian may even be able to recover punitive damages from the motorist.
Punitive damages are money awarded to an injured party for the purpose of punishing the wrongdoer for their reckless or dangerous behavior. These types of damages happen in cases involving a drunk driver.
Drunk driving cases also often present us with the “hit-and-run problem.” Drunk drivers know they’re breaking the law and may flee the accident scene to avoid criminal charges and monetary liability. These cases present a special set of concerns, not the least of which is identifying and finding the reckless driver. Therefore, it’s important to call 911 as soon as possible so that, hopefully, the police can apprehend the hit-and-run driver.
It’s important to remember in vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents, the driver of the car is not always the only person liable for the crash. Sometimes faulty traffic and crosswalk signals, poor road conditions eliminating the driver and/or the pedestrian’s visibility of the intersection or making the crosswalk unusable may also be to blame. Consequently, the injured pedestrian may have a claim against the government agency responsible for maintaining these traffic control devices.
Personal injury attorney Lawyer A. Twillie II will go to the scene of the accident to examine the area for any of these conditions and determine whether they were a contributing cause of your injuries.