Pedestrians always bear the brunt of the impact in accidents when they are struck by a car or truck. Unfortunately, in most cases injured pedestrians usually sustain significant and catastrophic injuries that require extensive medical treatment resulting in significant medical expenses. Oftentimes, injured pedestrians sustain life altering physical impairments that limit their ability to perform their job duties. This can result in a significant loss of income and earning capacity.
The majority of backover accidents involving young children occur in residential driveways. Sadly, a parent or close relative is behind the wheel in most driveway backup accidents, which account for nearly half of fatal car accidents involving children.
Joggers are pedestrians, and in Massachusetts, pedestrians almost always have the right of way and cars and trucks have a duty to yield the right of way to the pedestrian. Pedestrian joggers are among the most vulnerable people using the roads and sidewalks in and around Massachusetts.
Many pedestrian accidents in Massachusetts occur at or near designated crosswalks. A pedestrian crosswalk accident occurs every two hours in this country. In 2006 alone over 500 pedestrians died when they were struck by a vehicle while walking in a crosswalk. These crosswalks are located at every intersection and in between intersections on busy roads.
A backover accident is when a motor vehicle backs into a pedestrian or person on a bicycle usually when the motor vehicle operator is trying to back out of a driveway or parking spot. They are typically low impact collisions occurring at a few miles per hour.
The standard Massachusetts Automobile policy provides coverage for any medical bills, lost earnings or pain and suffering if the holder of a Massachusetts automobile insurance policy has been the victim if a hit and run. Most insurance policy holders don’t realize that their own auto insurance automatically providers coverage in this hit-run situation.
Although most pedestrian injuries and fatalities happen at intersections, it’s also possible to be hit by an out-of-control vehicle as you’re walking on the sidewalk, in a parking lot, or even in a recreational area (like a park or beach). Less cut-and-dried are cases where the pedestrian has been walking, or jogging, down the side of the street rather than on the sidewalk. As stated above, Massachusetts law dictates that cars give pedestrians a reasonable right-of-way, but in these instances “right-of-way” may be subject to interpretation. At the very least, drivers are required to slow down and give you plenty of leeway when attempting to pass you on the street.