Pedestrians are struck by motor vehicles at an alarming rate. The most recent national statistics show that over 4,000 walkers or joggers were fatally struck by a car in 2010. Countless other pedestrians who have suffered permanent disabilities.

These catastrophes happen far too often at intersections, crosswalks, parking lots, sidewalks or other parts of a street.

The causes of these accidents include:

  • Inattentive driving (i.e. speaking on cell phone or texting)
  • Not obeying traffic controls like a stop sign or traffic light
  • Failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a designated crosswalk
  • Speeding or traveling too fast for conditions

But with increasing frequency, pedestrians are cited for jaywalking by police. In Connecticut, these tickets are $50 a pop.

Here is a quick overview of the “rules of the road for pedestrians”:

  • Use a crosswalk when available
  • Stay within the boundaries of the crosswalk
  • Obey the signals regarding when and when not to cross the intersection
  • Pay attention to your surroundings (i.e. don’t text and walk)

It was often assumed that a walker or jogger was not a fault for their injuries. Those days are over. Insurance companies and law enforcement officials are no longer automatically sympathetic to an injured pedestrian.

Therefore, if you are injured as a pedestrian you should:

  • Get immediate medical attention
  • Obtain the police or accident report and determine whether it is factually correct
  • Have a lawyer review the report to advise you as to its legal sufficiency
  • Document in writing everything you recall about the incident
  • Consider hiring private investigator or attorney to get witness statements

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