How are Drivers Responsible for Pedestrian Safety?

How are Drivers Responsible for Pedestrian Safety?
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Pedestrian safety is vital for protecting vulnerable road users. They rely on drivers to exercise caution and follow traffic rules to prevent accidents and protect their well-being. Drivers have a duty of care to operate their vehicles in a manner that ensures the safety of pedestrians sharing the roadways. This duty extends to maintaining awareness of pedestrians, yielding the right of way when necessary, and taking precautions to prevent harm.

If they fail to do this, catastrophic injuries and deaths can result. An expert pedestrian accident lawyer with Cellino Law is ready to help if you or a loved one suffered a severe injury or death in a pedestrian accident caused by a driver’s negligence. You can contact us online or call 1-888-888-8888 for a free consultation.

How are Drivers Responsible for Pedestrian Safety?

Drivers Have a Duty to Drive Safely

One of the primary responsibilities of drivers is to operate their vehicles safely. This entails following traffic laws, obeying speed limits, and avoiding reckless behavior that can endanger pedestrians. Drivers should always be attentive, focused, and free from distractions such as texting or talking on their phones, eating, or engaging in other activities that divert their attention from the road.

Additionally, drivers must remain aware of their surroundings and exercise caution when pedestrians are present. They have to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and respect pedestrian signals. They must also be prepared to stop or slow down if a pedestrian unexpectedly enters the roadway. Drivers should also anticipate the presence of pedestrians in areas with high foot traffic, such as school zones, residential areas, and shopping districts.

What Happens When Duty of Care is Breached?

When drivers fail to uphold their duty of care towards pedestrians and cause harm or injury, they may be held legally liable for their negligence. Drivers breach their duty of care far too often by acting irresponsibly. They speed, run red lights, and fail to yield to pedestrians. In that case, they can be held accountable for accidents or injuries.

New York Pedestrian Safety Laws

In New York, various laws are in place to enhance pedestrian safety. These laws aim to protect pedestrians and establish guidelines for drivers to follow. For instance, New York State law requires drivers to exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian.

They must exercise caution when driving near schools, playgrounds, crosswalks, or any area with a high concentration of pedestrians. Furthermore, drivers must yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections.

How to Prove a Driver Was Driving Irresponsibly

Gathering solid proof is essential to establishing that a driver was driving negligently and breached their duty of care. Various types of evidence can help support a claim against a negligent driver. 

For example, eyewitness testimonies from pedestrians or other individuals at the scene can provide valuable accounts of the driver’s behavior. Surveillance footage from nearby cameras or dashcams can also capture the sequence of events and shed light on the driver’s actions.

Accident reconstruction experts can analyze the evidence and provide insights into the driver’s negligence. A police report documenting the details of the accident can also be used to establish the driver’s irresponsibility.

Steps to Take if You’re Hit by an Irresponsible Driver

Unfortunately, sometimes drivers don’t act with pedestrian safety in mind. If an irresponsible driver hits you, there are several steps you should take to protect your well-being as well as your legal rights. Here are a few to keep in mind.

  • Get medical help immediately: Your health and well-being should be your top priority. Even if you don’t believe your injuries are severe, get checked by a medical professional to make sure.
  • Contact the authorities: Talk to the police and tell them what happened. They will document the incident and create an official report, which can be valuable evidence later.
  • Gather information: If you are physically able, gather as much information as possible at the accident scene. This includes the driver’s contact information, insurance details, vehicle license plate number, and witness contact information. Take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, skid marks, and your injuries.
  • Preserve evidence: Preserve any evidence related to the accident. This includes keeping copies of medical records, bills, and other documentation supporting your claim. Also, save any communication related to the accident or your injuries, such as emails or text messages.
  • Consult an attorney: Please speak with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney specializing in personal injury cases as soon as possible. Fast action will be necessary so your lawyer can investigate the accident before critical evidence disappears.

Recovering Damages as a Pedestrian

As a pedestrian injured by an irresponsible driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Damages can include medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other related expenses. To recover these damages, you must establish the driver’s negligence and demonstrate how their actions directly caused your injuries.

A  pedestrian accident attorney can help you navigate the legal process and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. They’ll gather evidence, consult with experts if needed, calculate the full extent of your damages, and present a solid case to maximize your chances of receiving fair compensation.

Contact Cellino Law to Speak with an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorney

If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident caused by a negligent driver and need legal assistance, reach out to Cellino Law. Our team of experienced pedestrian accident attorneys can provide guidance and evaluate your case. We’ll work diligently to protect your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.

We have a great deal of knowledge and skill in personal injury law. When you turn to us, we’ll handle your claim effectively and do all we can to ensure you have the best possible chance of receiving a favorable outcome.

Remember, taking prompt action and seeking legal assistance can significantly impact your ability to recover damages and hold the irresponsible driver accountable for their actions. Please don’t hesitate to use our online form or call 1-888-888-8888 for a free case review.

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Content checked by the personal injury attorney Ross Cellino. As a family man and a trial attorney, I pride myself on winning cases and serving the community. With over 35 years of experience, I understand the function of a jury, how juries arrive at conclusions, and the role that the jury plays in administering justice. I know how to win cases. You can find us in Manhattan, Buffalo, Melville, Rochester, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and other locations throughout New York.

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