Pedestrian accidents involve those situations where individuals are injured, typically, while attempting to cross a road or highway. Pedestrian accidents oftentimes involve catastrophic injuries as the pedestrian has no protection when struck by a motor vehicle. Injuries that often occur as a result of pedestrian accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractured bones
- Soft tissue injuries
Under Wisconsin law, pedestrians who are attempting to cross a roadway while in the crosswalk have the right-of-way. Meaning, operators of motor vehicles are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while in the crosswalk. Despite this law, pedestrian accidents are quite common due to the negligence of motorists. Such negligence can include inattentive driving, speeding, failing to yield the right-of-way, disregarding traffic signs, texting or using a cell phone while driving.
Pedestrian accidents are more likely to occur in urban settings, large cities, etc.
Pedestrian accidents can often times result in complex litigation. Questions of fact often times arise as to whether or not the pedestrian was actually in the crosswalk at the time of the collision. Children, the elderly, and the disabled, are particularly susceptible to pedestrian accidents.
Attorney Steven T. Caya is experienced in handling pedestrian accidents and has the expertise needed to properly evaluate your pedestrian accident claim and to obtain the fairest compensation you are entitled to by law.