We’ve all heard it before. Stay on the sidewalk, walk only in the crosswalk. This way you don’t get injured by a passing car.
But did you know that you still may have a valid personal injury case if you’re struck by a vehicle when you’re walking across the street and you’re not even in the crosswalk? Or maybe your accident literally happened between two parked cars or you were crossing against the light.
In each of these cases, it is very possible that you, the injured victim, may have a claim for a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. In order to do that we must be able to show that someone is responsible for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills and any other costs that you’ve incurred because of the car accident. So what we’re looking for who is liable for your injuries?
You may have needed to be in the crosswalk but did the driver fail to show reasonable care while they were driving? Drivers of vehicles have to pay attention to what can be seen. Not only if lights turn red or green but they must see what is there to be seen. They must pay attention while driving and be aware of any children or persons walking, biking, running or jogging within their vicinity.
So it’s not just enough that you are paying attention to where you are and you’re being safe. The driver must be able to see what should and could have been seen. The driver of the vehicle needs to be held responsible for failing to notice you and causing you harm.