There are many reasons why a person would choose to walk rather than drive a car, ride a bike or take public transportation. Many Colorado workers live within a reasonable distance from work, making walking a healthy and inexpensive way to get to work. Some walk for pleasure or exercise, but no matter why you are traveling on foot, you have the right to do so safely.
Whether you are walking through a parking lot or crossing at a busy intersection, you know that you are at risk of injury when drivers are not careful and attentive. If you suffered injuries in an accident while traveling by foot, you could have a valid personal injury case. Pedestrians have rights.
Staying safe on your walk
Pedestrians are unprotected against the impact from a large, heavy vehicle. They are more susceptible than drivers and passengers to suffer serious or fatal injuries in a vehicle collision. Pedestrian accidents may be more common than you think; according to the CDC, approximately 430 people suffer injuries in pedestrian accidents every 24 hours.
Men and teenagers are more likely than other demographics to be involved in a pedestrian accident. Pedestrians are able to decrease their chance of injury and harm caused by drivers by doing the following:
- Avoiding distractions that may take your attention from safety
- Crossing only at designated sidewalks
- Trying to remain as visible as possible to drivers at all times
Despite your best efforts, you may have still suffered harm because of a negligent or reckless driver. If you believe that you are a victim of irresponsible driving, you have the right to seek damages from the liable party. As an injured pedestrian, you would be wise not to assume that your accident was your fault, but take the appropriate steps to ensure your rightful recovery.
Walking toward compensation
Despite the fact that you have the right to walk for transportation, pleasure or your health, you may face exposure to injuries and damages caused by others who do not know how to properly share the road. You can protect your interests, however, by taking quick action after an accident to hold the appropriate parties accountable.
After a complete evaluation of your case, you may find that it is appropriate to move forward with a civil claim. This step allows you to pursue compensation for your accident related losses, such as medical bills, lost wages and rehabilitation needs.