Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Boston
Aggressive Representation for Serious Injuries
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a pedestrian is injured every 8 minutes, or killed about every 2 hours, in a collision with a moving vehicle. Drivers and pedestrians alike can be very easily distracted while traveling on roads they share with one another, placing both parties’ lives in jeopardy.
At Mitcheson & Lee LLP, our Boston personal injury attorneys are dedicated to representing the victims of pedestrian accidents. We understand the hardships you and your family have endured and are aggressive when fighting for what our clients deserve. Our attorneys have handled many personal injury cases over the years. We are confident we can help you get the compensation and justice you deserve.
For a free consultation with our experienced team, call (617) 934-3207 today.
What is a Pedestrian Accident?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines pedestrians as people involved in traffic crashes who at the time were either walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down. In a report about pedestrian fatalities compiled by that agency, in 2013 alone about 4,735 pedestrians were killed in a traffic crash. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrians most at risk for traffic crashes are adults 65 years and older and children under the age of 14. Pedestrian accidents could lead to the loss of loved ones, and or permanent bodily and emotional injuries that would require life-long medical care.
The following are some common causes of pedestrian accidents:
Drivers and/or pedestrians who consume alcohol to the point of being alcohol-impaired
Vehicles operating at a high speed
Settings with low visibility
Pedestrians crossing the street at non-designated crosswalks or intersections
Travel in congested urban areas as opposed to more spread out places
Can a Pedestrian Be Held Liable for a Pedestrian Accident?
In some cases, the negligence of pedestrians contributes to accidents and is a cause of injury. For example, a pedestrian may be hit by a car while jaywalking. If you are in a similar situation, you may be wondering if this will prevent you from recovering compensation.
Massachusetts has contributory negligence laws in place, so it is possible for all parties involved in an accident to be considered partially liable. Your compensation may be reduced according to your degree of fault if it is found that your negligence caused you to be harmed in a pedestrian accident. However, you will not be completely prohibited from recovering compensation unless you are more at fault than the driver. Our attorneys can advise you on possible outcomes of your case and the role that your own negligence may play.