Pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere that people on foot and vehicles are both present, even places where vehicles are not supposed to be and in situations where the “pedestrians” did not intend to be on foot on a roadway. Even if your pedestrian accident happened under unusual circumstance, traditional concepts of negligence and liability still apply, and you may be able to recover substantial compensation for your injuries.
Pedestrians Hit in Non-Pedestrian Areas
You didn’t intend to be on foot at all, but sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan. Maybe your car broke down or you were in an accident and had to get out of the car. Worse, you may have been hit as a good Samaritan trying to help someone else who broke down or was in an accident. While the safest thing to do is to stay in your vehicle until help arrives, after a breakdown or an accident, that does not relieve other drivers of their responsibility to watch for pedestrians.
And, if you were pulled over and forced to exit your vehicle, justified or not, you still have rights and may be able to recovery full compensation for your injuries.
Pedestrian Forced into Road
When a pedestrian suddenly darts into traffic, it can be too quick and too late for a driver to avoid hitting them. Obviously, this is not acceptable behavior under normal circumstances, but these scenarios are not always as simple as they appear. Pedestrians can be forced into the road by other inappropriate acts happening on the sidewalk, such as having to jump out of the way of a speeding bicycle or a fight spilling out of a bar.
In these types of accidents, determining liability can get very complicated. An experienced pedestrian accident attorney knows what type of evidence to collect, such as surveillance video, and who can be held liable.
Pedestrian accidents can be very complex. We are here to help. If you have been injured in a Los Angeles pedestrian accident, please call Sheridan & Rund, PC at 888-640-6789 or contact us online right away.