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Thousands of pedestrians are struck and killed by motor vehicles each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Governors’ Highway Safety Association, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2016 and 2017. This represents a nationwide increase of 27% from 2007-2017. As a result of this dramatic increase, pedestrians now account for the largest proportion of traffic fatalities over the last 33 years.
That is, when compared to collisions involving motor vehicles, pedestrians in Connecticut are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car accident than individuals in a motor vehicle. In addition to speed, alcohol use, and failure to obey traffic laws, increased smartphone use by drivers and the legalization of marijuana have been cited as potential contributing factors to the substantial increase in pedestrian fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents. Call our Connecticut pedestrian accident lawyer today.
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Personal Injury Lawsuits for Pedestrians in Connecticut
Those pedestrians most vulnerable to being struck by a motor vehicle are adults aged 60 and older and children under the age of 15. In Connecticut, pedestrians in a crosswalk have the right of way to motor vehicles. Despite this law, pedestrians in Connecticut are struck by motor vehicles every day. Pedestrians are struck by motor vehicles on roadways, in intersections, crosswalks, and parking lots, while on sidewalks, in school crossing zones, and in school pick-up and drop-off areas. Individuals involved in these incidents typically suffer severe injuries including death. A victim struck by a car will likely face a long recovery process with extensive medical expenses, inability to work, lost wages, permanent injuries, and an inability to support his or her family. When faced with such difficulty, it can be helpful to have an experienced personal injury attorney by your side.
Connecticut’s Most Dangerous Roads for Pedestrians
The most dangerous roads for pedestrians in Connecticut are those that are heavily traveled and have speed limits at or above 30 mph such as Route 1 along Connecticut’s coastline in towns such as East Lyme, Madison, and Mystic. At speeds above 30 mph, accidents that do not result in death can result in organ damage, and serious head injuries including traumatic brain injury, broken bones, lacerations, paralysis, and spinal cord injuries.
Among the areas with the highest number of motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians are Connecticut’s largest cities, Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, and Stamford. In an attempt to remedy this issue in Connecticut, the Department of Transportation recently completed a replacement of old signage including those for pedestrian safety. The new signs are brightly colored reflective signs that are designed to protect both pedestrians and bicyclists.
Additionally, an initiative in Hartford resulted in the placement of 30 signs at intersections identified as high-risk locations for Hartford pedestrians. The purpose of the signs is to warn drivers of intersections, crosswalks, and potential pedestrian or bicycle traffic. The hope is that these signs both in Hartford and throughout the State will result in safer roads for both pedestrians and bicyclists.
Getting Compensation for Your Injury
A pedestrian accident can occur anywhere, and many happen at night. It is important for pedestrians to make themselves as visible as possible by wearing brightly colored or reflective clothing and by using marked cross-walks, and sidewalks where available, if a sidewalk is not available, pedestrians should walk towards oncoming traffic as close to the side of the road as possible. Using these suggestions, a pedestrian decreases their risk of being hit by a motor vehicle.
These may also protect against a driver’s insurance company placing blame for the accident on the pedestrian. An insurance company placing blame on a pedestrian is a tactic that often leads to the pedestrian believing that no fault lies with the operator of the motor vehicle. In many situations, this may be a false belief. The insurance company may deny a claim outright or attempt to downplay the extent of the injuries involved. Regardless of where a pedestrian is struck, it is important to consult an experienced personal injury attorney to evaluate the facts and circumstances, and issues surrounding liability.
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How Can a Pedestrian Injury Lawyer Help my Situation?
When putting together a brain injury claim, it’s important to understand what you can ask for in terms of compensation.
Personal injury claims, including pedestrian injury claims, are often settled before ever filing a lawsuit. If the lawyer thinks that the case can be settled, he/she will make a demand to the other lawyer or the other side’s insurance company. If settlement talks stall the case moves into the “litigation” phase.
Building a case
The litigation phase begins when you file a lawsuit in court. Filing the lawsuit gets the clock running on when the case is likely to go to trial. A lawsuit must be filed within a strict deadline set in law known as the statute of limitations, which is a maximum of 2 years in Connecticut.
Trial Preparation and Representation
If the case proceeds to trial, a pedestrian injury lawyer provides representation in court. Pedestrian injury lawyers such as those at Aeton Law are familiar with court procedures and customs and will ensure that these steps are followed carefully.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the responsibilities that our Connecticut lawyers will have in your pedestrian accident case.
Collecting evidence and putting together a concrete claim case on your behalf and filing it in civil court.
Negotiating with the defendant’s lawyers out of court to ensure you get a reasonable settlement.
TRIAL PREPARATION & REPRESENTATION
Taking your claim case to trial in civil court to get you a favorable settlement that the defendant’s lawyers declined to offer you during initial settlement talks.
Connecticut limits the time a victim is allowed to file a pedestrian accident claim to two years (24 months) from the accident’s date. Claims filed after this window are automatically thrown out. This period is known as the statute of limitations.
If you hire a pedestrian accident lawyer from our law firm in Connecticut, you don’t have to pay anything until your claim case is concluded and we win you a settlement. You can take advantage of our legal assistance for your pedestrian accident case on a contingency basis.