Crosswalk accidents in Connecticut occur far too frequently. Many times pedestrians, who are the victim of a crosswalk accident, are seriously injured and some may even die. Generally, the law in CT states that a pedestrian, who enters a crosswalk, has the right of way. A pedestrian could be somebody who is walking, running, jogging or is otherwise on foot. Motor vehicles must stop and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Crosswalk accidents can occur as a result of a great number of reasons, which could include but not be limited to the following:
Distracted driving which may involve cell phone use, texting, eating while driving, adjusting the radio, or any other activity where the driver's attention is diverted from the roadway like speeding, drunk driving, recklessness, negligence; and the violation of any number of motor vehicle laws.
Pedestrian accidents can result in a number of different injuries and damages which could include but not be limited to the following:
-The death of the pedestrian
-A traumatic brain injury
-Spinal cord injuries
-Cuts, lacerations and bruises resulting in permanent scarring
If you have been struck by a motor vehicle in a crosswalk you should make sure that the police are called. You should also insist on being taken to the nearest hospital by ambulance so that you can get checked out to make sure that you get properly treated for your injuries. Many times a person who is struck by a car will be in shock and will just want to leave the scene of the accident and go home. This is the last thing you should do. You must have a police report prepared indicating why the person that hit you is at fault and setting forth all of the contact information for the person that caused the accident. You also need to make sure that you are checked out of the hospital as you could incur some type of serious injury that you might not be aware of given the fact that you are in shock. You should also follow up with any and all aftercare instructions that you were given in the hospital.
Despite the fact that pedestrians have the right of way while crossing in crosswalks in Connecticut, it is important that pedestrians be on the lookout for motor vehicle operators who are not paying attention, or violating the law, or who otherwise do not appear to be stopping in a crosswalk in time to avoid a collision. It is important that a pedestrian make sure that the motor vehicle operator sees that individual before crossing the street to ensure that the pedestrian is not hit by the motor vehicle.
There are certain exceptions to a pedestrian having the right-of-way in a crosswalk which means that there is not 100% liability on the part of the motor vehicle operator. The insurance company of the driver that struck the pedestrian might claim that the individual darted out into traffic, was wearing dark clothing and could not be seen, was using a cell phone or was otherwise distracted or contributed to their accident in some other way. This is one of a number of reasons why it is very important to consult with an experienced Connecticut crosswalk accident lawyer at the earliest possible moment so that you learn what you should be doing and what you should not be doing after your Connecticut crosswalk accident.
Our Connecticut crosswalk accident attorneys provide this valuable free information in a number of ways: you can visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download one of our free accident and injury law books; you can fill out a brief online form and one of our accident attorneys will get in touch with you; you can call our toll-free number at 888.244.5480 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut injury lawyers and get your questions answered over the phone; or you can schedule a free consultation where one of our experienced Connecticut personal injury attorneys will be happy to meet with you to discuss the facts of your case and advise you as to what you should be doing.
Do not get injured a second time by waiting too long to speak with an experienced Connecticut crosswalk accident attorney. Get this viable free information at the earliest possible moment so you can avoid making a costly mistake.
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