Anchorage Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Defending Traffic Accident Victims in Alaska
Many automobile drivers do not respect the rights and motor laws regarding pedestrians. Anyone operating a vehicle has a responsibility to obey the motor laws and drive in a safe and attentive manner. Similarly, pedestrians also need to follow the rules of the road. When these rules are not followed, serious injuries or death can result.
At the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, our Anchorage pedestrian accident lawyer fights for the rights of injured pedestrians. If you or a loved one has been struck by a motor vehicle while on foot, you need fast and effective medical care and the legal representation to help you afford it. Experienced litigator Ben Crittenden understands how to build you a claim that will set you up for the maximum amount of compensation available to cover your accident-related expenses. We are ready to fight for you.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
A pedestrian should walk on the sidewalk if possible. When there is no sidewalk, you should walk facing traffic so you can see the oncoming vehicles. While out walking, you should dress in brightly colored clothing, so it is easier for drivers to see you during the day. During the evening, you should wear reflective clothing such as shoes or jackets that reflect the headlights of oncoming traffic.
You should always make sure to cross the street at marked crosswalks. When crossing a road, stop at the curb or the edge of the road. Then look left, then right, then left again, before stepping into the street. If you see a car, wait until it goes by before repeating your check of the road by looking left, right, and left again.
If a car happens to be parked where you are crossing, first make sure there is no driver in the car. Then go to the edge of the car as though it were the edge of the road and look left-right-left until no cars are coming. As you are crossing, continue looking for cars. Always walk, don’t run, across the road. The top reasons for pedestrian accidents include limited or obstructed views, slippery pavement, glare, obstruction or debris, and animal actions. Try to keep yourself as visible as possible at all times.
How to Determine Fault in a Pedestrian Auto Collision
There are usually two parties who may be responsible for a pedestrian-auto collision: the driver of the automobile and the pedestrian. In some cases, the municipality (city) may be responsible as well. In Alaska, drivers must be aware of their surroundings and pay attention to roadway hazards. Pedestrians qualify as hazards. If a pedestrian is struck in a crosswalk, the driver is clearly responsible. Drivers may also be responsible if they were speeding, ran a red light, etc.
If a pedestrian attempts to cross a street outside of a crosswalk and gets hit, the situation can be a little more difficult. On one hand, jaywalking is still illegal in most states; a pedestrian does not have the legal right to enter the street and expect cars to stop for them. On the other hand, if a pedestrian is not in a crosswalk but is paying attention to the road and does not dart into traffic, they might still be in the clear—a driver still has the responsibility to pay attention to the roadway and avoid hitting a pedestrian. While the pedestrian will clearly have significant fault for crossing in the middle of the road, the driver may also bear some responsibility.
Some pedestrian-auto collisions may also be the fault of a municipality. Malfunctioning traffic lights, a stop sign concealed by tree branches, or a poorly conceived crosswalk (e.g., a crosswalk placed just beyond a curve), among other things, can create safety hazards. If you are a pedestrian and have been injured in a car wreck, you should contact your health insurance company to pay your medical bills. The medical insurance company in turn will seek reimbursement from responsible parties.
You should also contact your own auto policy to see if you have auto medical payments coverage. If you do, your auto insurance company will likely pay your medical bills up to the limits of your policy. Believe it or not, your auto insurance policy covers you for any auto collision you are in, regardless of whether you are driving or you are a pedestrian hit by another car. Your auto insurance company will seek reimbursement from the auto insurance of the at-fault driver.
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Victim of a pedestrian accident in the State of Alaska? Want to know if you have a legal case? Want to know what your pedestrian accident case is worth? We are here for you! When you have injuries resulting from a pedestrian accident, you need professional representation by an attorney with the experience necessary to win your case. You need a lawyer who you can have full confidence in. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation today.