Connecticut Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Although crossing the street and walking down the sidewalk are simple actions that are a normal part of everyday life for many people, being a pedestrian can be quite risky.
This is especially true in Connecticut, where the National Complete Streets Coalition found that 12.6% of traffic fatalities from 2003–2012 involved pedestrians, making it the 27th worst state for pedestrian safety. While there are many factors that contribute to negligent driving, the advancement of technology has seemingly played a significant role in the increasing numbers of vehicle-versus-pedestrian collisions.
If you or a loved one has been injured while trying to safely navigate the streets, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced Connecticut car accident attorneys at Naizby Law. It is our goal to help you understand your rights and seek the compensation you deserve.
Catastrophic Pedestrian Injuries
Since pedestrians aren’t tucked inside the shell of a car or walking around wearing protective gear, they are left completely exposed in dangerous situations. The results are often catastrophic. Injuries that are commonly sustained when a pedestrian has been hit by a vehicle include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord and nerve damage, amputations, and death.
Serious injuries are not only physically painful and mentally distressing, but they also lead to expensive medical bills, lost wages, and frequently, a loss in the quality of life the victim once had. Though receiving restitution won’t make up for all the suffering or the loss of a life, it can help ease the financial burden caused by a pedestrian accident.
Legal Options for Obtaining Compensation from a Pedestrian Injury Claim
A pedestrian’s options for obtaining compensation after an accident will largely depend on who was at fault for the incident and the severity of the injuries. It must be determined if the driver failed to obey traffic laws and yield to the pedestrian as required.
Establishing liability for pedestrian–vehicle collisions is not always as clear-cut as it should be. Connecticut law uses "modified comparative fault" to identify whether or not a pedestrian is eligible to ask for any monetary awards. This means they can only file a personal injury claim if it is concluded that they were less at fault for the accident than the motorist.
Because it can be a challenge to show proof of fault, it’s valuable to have a Connecticut pedestrian accident attorney carefully examine the circumstances of the claim to determine what course of action a victim should take next.
Connecticut Law on Pedestrian Accidents
Motorists have a duty to share the road with pedestrians and practice the safe operation of their vehicle at all times. Pedestrians have the right-of-way in crosswalks and on sidewalks. However, they are also responsible for exercising a reasonable duty of care on the roadway to prevent accidents wherever possible. In 2014, Connecticut passed the Vulnerable User Law, which is specifically designed to punish drivers who injure or cause the death of a pedestrian due to reckless actions.
Connecticut Car Accident Attorney Protects Pedestrian Victims
Whether you’re seeking damages for your own injuries or a wrongful death claim, it’s important to contact a Connecticut pedestrian accident attorney for help. At Naizby Law, we handle a variety of traffic cases and know how to properly represent pedestrians. Our firm has the resources necessary to complete a thorough investigation into what happened and collect all the evidence that will prove the other party’s negligence. We understand what it takes to successfully pursue and achieve maximum compensation for our clients. Call our office at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a review of your case.
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For over 20 years, John has exclusively represented people (not insurance companies).
John has received the America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award.
Since the year 2000, John has been a Board Certified Civil Lawyer.
John is a graduate and senior instructor at the Trial Lawyers College.
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