Pedestrians Almost Always Have the Right of Way
Greater Boston Area Pedestrian Accident Victim Claims Attorneys
If a car has hit you or a loved one, you should consult our attorneys to learn your legal rights. Pedestrian accidents result in very serious injuries ranging from fractured bones to brain and spinal injuries, long term disability or even death. According to National Highway Traffic Association 64,000 pedestrians are involved in car accidents each year. Of those 64,000 automobile accidents 5,000 result in the death of a pedestrian.
When a car strikes an individual, the accident is almost always the fault of the driver of the vehicle. By law, pedestrians in Massachusetts almost always have the right of way regardless of the circumstances of the accident.
- Pedestrian Struck At Intersection: An operator’s negligence resulting in the injury of a pedestrian at an intersection can be established if a vehicle operator injured a pedestrian when he/she was speeding in violation of a statute which limited the speed at which a vehicle can approach and proceed through an intersection.
- Pedestrian Approaching or in Crosswalk: Massachusetts statute requires a driver to stop at a cross walk if a pedestrian is in the crosswalk on that drivers side of the road or if a pedestrian in a crosswalk is approaching the vehicles lane of travel and is ten feet from reaching that vehicle’s lane of travel. Drivers are also prohibited from passing another vehicle which is stopped at a marked crosswalk while a pedestrian is crossing.
- Person Exiting Street Car: There isn’t a law on the books in Massachusetts that requires a person exiting a car to look both ways. Furthermore a motorist’s negligence can be established if he/she caused an injury by failing to stop or passing too close to a person exiting a car.
- Pedestrian Appears Suddenly From Darkness: A motorist will be found to have operated negligently if evidence can show that a pedestrian was in view of the motorist for enough time before the collision to enable the motorist to stop or avoid the pedestrian.
If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident or any other type of accident, you can call our law firm to discuss your case and protect your legal right to fair compensation.
Massachusetts law requires drivers to give pedestrians the right of way at intersections, so if you cross the street with a reasonable amount of care (i.e., first looking both ways), you may be entitled to damages if you are hit by a vehicle. In many cases, it turns out that the responsible driver was speeding, talking on his cell phone, or simply not paying attention—and he may also have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It also may be the case that a traffic light has malfunctioned, or that the municipality has already been alerted about an especially dangerous intersection and has done nothing to remedy the problem. Read more…
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Our knowledgeable and experienced Boston area Pedestrian Accident Lawyers are available to represent pedestrians injured while crossing the street, on sidewalks, cross walks, parking lots, intersections, at stop signs, and on or off the road by careless drivers. We take clients throughout all of Massachusetts, including but not limited to Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Hingham, Duxbury, Wareham, Abington, Rockland, Whitman, Hanson, Middleborough; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Brookline, Franklin; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Norton; and the Greater Boston area including Cambridge, Lowell, Revere, Chelsea, Lynn, Everett, Lawrence, Dorchester, Roxbury and Somerville.
No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. Call our Boston Cross Walk Accident Attorneys to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 588-0422 and you will have taken your first step to find out how best to confront this important matter. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.