Many Americans use walking as their primary means of travel. This is especially true in heavily populated areas like Boston, where people walk to work and live in proximity to many necessities. However, with more people choosing to walk comes the danger of crosswalk accidents, which have become increasing common. This is particularly true in crowded cities where there are more causes for distraction and many pedestrians walking at any given time. A crosswalk accident occurs when a motor vehicle collides with a pedestrian in crosswalk. Unfortunately, injuries sustained as a result of these types of accidents could range from minor injuries to more serious injuries, such as paralysis, broken bones, brain damage, bone injury, back injury, organ damage, and even death. Each day in the United States, approximately ten people die from crosswalk accidents.
Mitcheson & Lee represents pedestrians who have been struck by a motor vehicle while in a crosswalk. If you or a loved one were hit by a car while crossing the street at a crosswalk, we can help you understand your legal rights and help you through the claims process. If necessary, we’ll pursue a lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle responsible. We will ensure that you will recover compensation for your injuries.
Crosswalk accidents happen for numerous reasons. Often, the motorists are distracted while driving and fail to pay attention to the pedestrians in the crosswalk. Motorists are legally required to maintain a proper lookout when driving, and are also required to yield to pedestrians, who have the right-of-way. Pedestrians also have a duty to pay attention to the traffic laws and follow the “walk” and “don’t walk” signs.
If a pedestrian is injured in a crosswalk accident, the pedestrian or his or her family may recover compensation for medical expenses, loss of past and future wages, loss of enjoyment of life, past and future physical or emotional pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and wrongful death and survival.
If you have been involved in a crosswalk accident, the attorneys at Mitcheson & Lee are available to analyze your legal claims and defend your interests. We offer a complimentary consultation for prospective clients. Please call us at (617) 939-4388 or (781) 223-3635 or contact us online for answers to your questions.