What You Can Do As An Injured Pedestrian
In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 76,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in traffic accidents.
A pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle is highly vulnerable to serious or fatal injury. Police responding to the scene often share the driver’s “windshield perspective” that the pedestrian was at fault. The victim is quickly removed from the scene and is too dazed (if conscious) to give a coherent version of events. The police officer may not take the time to go to the hospital to gain a full understanding of the pedestrian’s point of view.
Adding Insult To Injury
In Connecticut, pedestrians are often ticketed for traffic accidents they didn’t cause, which adds insult to injury when you’re recovering from painful and often permanent injuries. Let’s face it: When a 170-pound person confronts a 3,500-pound car, the car wins every time.
Injured pedestrians need to know that even if they are ticketed, it generally has no bearing on the outcome of a personal injury case and is usually inadmissible in civil proceedings. Connecticut law says: “… each operator of a motor vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian … and shall give a reasonable warning by sounding their horn to avoid a collision.” — CGS 14-300d.
We Represent People Injured By Motorists
The New Haven area attorneys at Williams, Walsh & O'Connor, LLC, understand the unique position of pedestrian crash victims. Families of pedestrians killed or badly injured by motorists have turned to us for representation and compensation for their injuries. Contact us.