The Caruso Law Offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are adept at dealing with personal injury cases. It is the only legal area we focus on and we do it well. Our firm has successfully represented many pedestrian accident victims. We work tirelessly to get our clients the compensation packages they deserve and take pride in giving pedestrian accident victims a chance to restore their finances.
Normally, one doesn’t first think of pedestrians as the most likely to get injured in an accident, but the statistics speak for themselves. Approximately 75,000 pedestrians are either badly injured or are killed as a result of being hit by a vehicle every year in this country.
The Old and the Young are the Most Vulnerable
Too many of these incidents involve children or elderly people. Both of these groups of pedestrians are vulnerable for different reasons, as children often run out into the road near schools or when playing nearby. Elders tend to be slower to respond to danger when crossing a road.
While pedestrians have a responsibility to show caution when crossing a road, the cause for a majority of these accidents is a driver of a car or truck either distracted or heedlessly ignoring traffic signals.
Drivers may also be at fault because they:
- Have sped across a crosswalk without slowing or stopping
- Ran a red light
- Were driving carelessly
- Failed to slow down or take sufficient care when passing a school area, school bus or an area where children are likely to be playing
- Did not look before turning into a crosswalk at an intersection
- Were driving under the influence of drugs or while intoxicated
Legally, drivers need to obey the speed limits and specific road signs as well as slow down or stop where pedestrians have right of way. While common courtesy should make motorists extra careful where pedestrians might be likely to cross the road, they often neglect to slow down or stop.
Evidence that can Demonstrate Liability is Vital
If you have suffered an injury as a result of a pedestrian accident you should contact our law firm for a free consultation. We will be able to assess your situation and determine your chances of making a claim for damages against the person or driver you think is at fault. Much depends on eye witness statements and any other evidence that might be available to back up your claim.
If you are not so seriously injured to require immediate medical treatment, then it may be useful if you can collect any contact details of eye witnesses at the accident scene.
Watch Out for the Driver’s Insurance Company
All drivers should have insurance to cover them in the event that they harm somebody in an accident, but insurance companies notoriously loathe paying up personal injury claims if they can possibly avoid it. If you think your accident was definitely caused by a negligent driver, then you may very well be approached by somebody from the driver’s insurance company. They may offer you a small amount of compensation, but it would be unwise for you to accept it. In fact, it would be sensible to have no contact with anybody from the driver’s insurance company and just let our firm deal with the negotiation.