When a pedestrian is hit by a car the driver of the car is usually considered to be at fault, even if the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk. Careless or negligent drivers are the primary cause of pedestrian injuries. This usually occurs because the driver is impaired (drugs or alcohol), distracted by cellphones and other electronics within their vehicle, or disobeying rights-of-way and other vehicle laws.
When the pedestrian is hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk, the accident will definitely be the driver’s fault. In this case, the driver would have difficulty avoiding liability. If the pedestrian is not in the crosswalk when hit, they may still have a favorable case as long as the victim was mindful about traffic and did not run into the street recklessly. Pedestrians have the right to seek compensation from anyone who negligently harms them. The Law Offices of Dr. Russell W. Sawyer will review your case and seek full and fair compensation for you.
Contact the Law Offices of Dr. Russell W. Sawyer for a free consultation. We can be reached by email or by phone at (707) 888-1118.