Bridgeport Accident Attorney
Pedestrian accidents usually result in severe injuries and even a low-speed pedestrian accident can be fatal. Negligent drivers are often to blame. Drivers have a duty to use extra caution in areas where pedestrians are likely to be present, such as crosswalks and school zones. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident or lost a loved one who was hit, please talk to a Bridgeport pedestrian accident attorney right away.
Pedestrian Accident Causes
The majority of pedestrian accidents occur when drivers fail to use caution in areas where pedestrians are likely to be present. Horrific pedestrian accidents can also result when people have no choice but to get out of their cars in high traffic areas, such as after an accident or a breakdown.
While driver negligence is a common cause or factor, poor visibility, hazardous weather, poorly designed bus stops, and other factors can contribute. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driver
- Failure to observe crosswalks
- Failure to observe traffic signals
- Failure to use turn signals
- Excessive speed
- Improper passing of school buses
- Failure to use caution in school zones, near parks, and in other areas where children are known to be present
- Failure to use caution in construction zones
- Failure to use caution when passing vehicles stopped on the side of the road
- Defective vehicle
- Malfunctioning traffic signal
- Poorly designed intersection, crosswalk, or parking lot
- Other roadway defect
Hit and Run Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are often hit and run accidents. A hit and run accident is more likely to be fatal or cause permanent injuries due to the delay in medical attention for the victim. A hit and run victim can go hours, even days, before being discovered and receiving help. During that time, survivable injuries can become fatal or exposure to the elements and wildlife can result in added injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident in Bridgeport, or anywhere in Connecticut, please call a Bridgeport accident attorney of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation with an accident attorney is free, and if we agree to represent you, we will work for a contingent fee, which means we won’t get paid for our services unless you receive a settlement or an award. In Connecticut, an accident lawsuit must be filed before the expiration of the statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.