The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has statistics that prove that walking is a dangerous activity for many people. In 2010, about 70,000 people were injured by an automobile, and 20% of them were less than 14 years of age. If someone in your family is included in these statistics, you need the guidance of an accident attorney. The attorneys at the Dashner Law Firm are experts on personal injury law.
Bad Practices by Drivers
Driver negligence is often at the heart of the problem where pedestrian injuries are concerned. Some of the common behaviors of drivers that cause problems include:
- sending text messages
- talking on a cell phone
- ignoring stop signs
- making U-turns where they are not allowed
- driving while intoxicated
- ignoring pedestrian crosswalks
- paying no attention to school zones
- going through intersections at high speeds
Bad Practices by Pedestrians
Drivers are not responsible for all pedestrian accidents. Some of the bad behaviors by people who walk include:
- failing to use crosswalks
- stepping in front of moving vehicles
- failing to observe traffic signals
- not wearing light-reflecting clothes at night
- failing to use sidewalks
Talking to Your Attorney
The attorneys at the Dashner Law Firm can help you get justice through a personal injury settlement. One of the most important things you can do to help yourself is to make sure that you tell your attorney the truth about the accident. Almost no one likes a surprise (unless it’s at a birthday party). Finding out information about your case from an opposing attorney is the kind of surprise that your attorney is sure not to like.
If your case has any weaknesses, it is up to your attorney to evaluate how serious they are and to let you know. Pedestrian accidents are tragic events no matter who is at fault. Your attorney can represent you effectively if you rely on the truth in your case.