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Pedestrian accidents are incidents where an individual walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down is involved in a traffic crash. Given the vulnerability of pedestrians compared to motor vehicle occupants, these accidents often result in serious injuries or fatalities. Understanding the dynamics, causes, and preventive measures is crucial for both pedestrians and drivers.

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents:

Distracted Driving: One of the most common reasons for pedestrian accidents is drivers who are distracted, often due to mobile phone use, eating, or adjusting in-car systems.

Speeding: Higher speeds reduce the driver’s reaction time and increase the severity of pedestrian injuries in collisions.

Failure to Yield: Some drivers don’t yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks.

Impaired Driving: Alcohol or drugs can impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely, making them more likely to strike a pedestrian.

Poor Visibility: Accidents often occur in conditions of low light or when the pedestrian wears non-reflective clothing.

Pedestrian Behavior: Sometimes, pedestrians contribute to accidents by not using crosswalks, darting into traffic, or being distracted.

Lack of Infrastructure: The absence of sidewalks, crosswalks, or pedestrian signals in certain areas can increase the risk.

Types of Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents:

Prevention:

Rights of Pedestrians after an Accident

Pedestrian accidents can be traumatic and lead to severe injuries, given the vulnerability of pedestrians compared to motorized vehicles. Knowing the rights of pedestrians after such an incident is essential for ensuring that they are adequately compensated and treated fairly. Here’s an overview of the rights that pedestrians generally have after an accident:

  1. Right to Medical Attention:
  1. Right to File a Claim:
  1. Right to Compensation:
  1. Right to Legal Representation:
  1. Right to Sue:

If an agreeable settlement isn’t reached, pedestrians have the right to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party for damages. The timeframe (statute of limitations) for filing a lawsuit varies by jurisdiction.

  1. Right to Privacy:

How Razavi Law Group Can Help

Navigating the aftermath of a personal injury, particularly as a pedestrian, can be daunting. In such trying times, having a seasoned advocate by your side can make a significant difference. Razavi Law Group, with its expertise in personal injury cases, offers comprehensive legal support for victims. Here’s how they can assist:

1. Personalized Consultation:

2. Expertise in Pedestrian Accident Claims:

3. Negotiations with Insurance Companies:

4. Litigation and Trial Representation: