When drivers are sharing the road, they should not only be aware of other motor vehicles. Drivers should always be aware of pedestrians and bicycles along the road. These individuals can be involved in accidents just as much as other vehicles. When pedestrians are struck by a car, they can suffer from life-threatening injuries. They have no protection against a motor vehicle that is coming at them with full force. This can cause them to topple over and greatly injure their head and other parts of their body. Drivers should make sure they are aware of their surroundings so they do not hit these pedestrians that are just trying to travel safely from place to place.
For pedestrian accidents, these injured individuals may be able to receive compensation. If a driver is held responsible for the accident, they may be entitled to pay damages to a pedestrian that they injured. By proving negligence on behalf of the driver, it can show that they were not operating their vehicle to the best of their ability. If drivers are not operating their vehicle in the safest manner, they can cause accidents to occur. If the driver was operating the vehicle in a reckless manner or was not aware of their surroundings, the pedestrian may be able to prove negligence on behalf of the driver, showing that they fulfill the burden of proof. This may entitle the pedestrian to receive compensation for their accident. Compensation can be in the form of economic damages that can help contribute to the expenses that have piled up due to medical bills. They may also be able to pay for lost wages and lost future wages. Compensation may also be in the form of non-economic damages that can help provide comfort for your pain and suffering.
Do I have to prove negligence?
Negligence needs to be proven in order for the pedestrian to fulfill the burden of proof. When this is fulfilled, it can help the injured party to receive damages from the lawsuit. This negligence can show that the driver was not driving to the best of their ability and did not pay attention to the road and the person that was walking. The driver may have been distracted by their phone or bad weather could have played a factor. A third party can be involved in the situation, such as a municipality. When filing for these personal injury lawsuits, it is important that it is done within two years of the incident. If you do not file after this period of time, you may not be able to pursue the case. When these cases are pursued, the injured individual has the opportunity to gain damages.
MW&M is comprised of an experienced team of attorneys focusing on legal matters of personal injury, workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, product liability, and wrongful death in Delaware. If you require an effective attorney to guide you through these difficult legal matters, contact MW&M today to schedule a free case evaluation.