Pedestrian-Related Car Accidents
With an increase in distracted drivers on the road and construction work all around the Memphis area, it is no surprise that we are seeing more and more accidents involving pedestrians. As we noted in a previous post, police are trying to curb distracted driving, but it will always be prevalent on the Memphis streets. In our experience, pedestrian-related accidents are typically due to driver error or negligence. It seems like there is work on or near every corner of Memphis streets, which can contribute to confusing roadways and pedestrian accidents.
Downtown and Midtown Memphis are seeing such a large increase in foot traffic that pedestrian and automobile accidents are inevitable. Pedestrian related accidents usually involved serious trauma, and sometimes life-threatening injuries. Therefore, it is extremely important that you contact an experienced Memphis accident attorney who can quickly investigate your accident to determine all of the responsible parties.
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Who Was at Fault Isn’t Always Obvious
When we investigate a pedestrian accident, we must first look to establish fault. Fault in these incidents can sometimes fall with more than one party. For instance, while it would seem obvious that a driver is at fault when he/she strikes a pedestrian who was lawfully crossing the road, fault may also lie with the city for malfunctioning crossing lights or negligently maintained crosswalks.
There are also cases where the pedestrian is partially at fault for the accident if he or she was not following the law. Typically, pedestrians must only cross the street using a designated crosswalk and must also use a sidewalk when present. If such laws are not properly followed, then the pedestrian may be found to have contributed to an accident.
The Chiozza Law Firm Can Help
Similar to bicycling accidents we previously posted about, pedestrian accidents are very serious in nature, requiring an experienced Memphis personal injury attorney to explore all possible legal options immediately following such an incident. If you have been injured by a car, truck, or motorcycle while walking in Memphis, please contact an attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm by calling 901-525-9494. We offer free and confidential case evaluations by phone or in-person, no appointment necessary. We will take the time to investigate your claim and advise you of every legal option, working to maximize the compensation you deserve.
Upon meeting with each new client, we strive to make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible. We want our clients to concentrate on healing, while we handle the rest. For immediate or emergency assistance please email Brian Chiozza or contact us online.
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