Can Pedestrians be at Fault in a Car Accident?

When we think of accidents that involve pedestrians we often consider that the driver was likely the one that was at fault for the accident. Most of the severe injuries that occur between pedestrian and vehicle accidents are incurred by the pedestrian rather than the driver of the any pedestrian and car-based accident, pedestrians can still be found partially at fault or fully at fault for an accident depending on the circumstances of the accident.

There are many factors associated with an accident and who is at fault. The person fails to follow traffic lights and signals, they are running through an intersection or if they have a lapse in judgment as a pedestrian, they could be determined at fault for the accident. If any party fails to exercise a reasonable degree of alertness and care by obeying traffic laws and signals, they could be found to be at fault.

Sharing fault also regularly occurs in these accidents. If both parties contributed to the cause of the accident such as a driver that was speeding and a pedestrian that was jaywalking, this could place both parties partly responsible for the accident. The damages that are received are reduced by the percentage of the fault by which you are responsible.

If you have been injured in a car accident as a driver or pedestrian, you will have options available to you. Working with experienced personal injury attorneys will help to dissect your case and make sure that you can get access to the compensation you need through a proper consultation. Contact us today if you would like to learn more about your case!

This post was written by Wendy Doyle-Palumbo. Wendy is a practicing attorney at Wendy has over 25 years of experience practicing law and has won several cases in helping those get the compensation that they deserve! The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.  Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other information.  This website contains links to other third-party websites.  Such links are only for the convenience of the reader, user or browser; the ABA and its members do not recommend or endorse the contents of the third-party sites.