If you or a loved one were hit by a car, you need a lawyer with a lot of experience fighting for people like you. Whether you were crossing the street, or perhaps a driver failed to yield to you while turning or driving, you deserve to be compensated if you were injured due to someone else’s negligence.
Our pedestrian accident team is well equipped to handle your pedestrian accident case, as we’ve been helping people like you for over thirty years.
When drivers speed and fail to obey the speed limit, when they fail to yield, and when they are distracted, they raise the risk of causing a pedestrian accident. Commonly, drunk drivers also frequently cause pedestrian accidents.
Hit and run events are also common, accounting for over twenty percent of all pedestrian fatalities (AAA).
Typically pedestrian accidents happen while the pedestrian is crossing the street, but it can also happen anywhere a pedestrian can be: sidewalks, parking lots, recreational areas, or along the side of the street. Even if the pedestrian is struck while in the crosswalk, it is still considered a pedestrian accident.
Pedestrians can be injured by just about anything: buses, cars, motorcycles, and trucks are the most common culprits. They often occur near schools, where New Hampshire and Massachusetts drivers are required by law to obey lower speed limits. Drivers have a responsibility to stop for school buses, which can complicate pedestrian situations as well.
Over 5,000 pedestrians die annually due to pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles. Many of these individuals were injured while trying to cross the road lawfully. Pedestrians who survive accidents suffer damage such as traumatic brain injury, scarring, internal damage, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and disfigurement.
The purpose of a crosswalk is to provide a safe place for pedestrians to legally cross the road. But it can be easy to get into a groove while walking, and as a result some pedestrians can be lulled into a false sense of security, failing to take every precaution necessary to avoid motorists who cause high-risk situations.
New Hampshire law requires drivers to yield their right of way to pedestrians who are in a crosswalk, pedestrians are also required by this same law to exercise all necessary care in order to avoid accidents.
No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard." Therefore, just because you have a crosswalk doesn't necessarily mean you have the right of way. Pedestrians also have to obey traffic-control signals. If there is no marked crosswalk, the pedestrian has to yield the right of way (RSA 265:36)
If you have been in a pedestrian accident in New Hampshire and Massachusetts we strongly recommend you take the following steps:
It is never a good idea to try to negotiate with the person who caused your pedestrian accident by yourself. Contact the local authorities about your pedestrian accident. Additionally, having an official police report can be paramount to your case at a later date.
Have a medical professional examine you even if your injuries seem minor to you. It is possible to be unaware of the extent of damage you have suffered directly following an accident. Always let a medical professional decide whether you are okay or not okay. Having a medical record of your pedestrian accident will also make it easier for you to be compensated for your injuries in most cases.
It is highly important you obtain the driver’s full name, address, phone number, and insurance information directly following your accident and before the driver at fault speeds off. About twenty percent of pedestrian accidents are hit and run.
At Buckley Law Offices we are repeatedly unsurprised by and deeply grateful for the number of good samaritans that regularly come forward to help pedestrian accident victims obtain fair compensation for their accidents. If someone saw your accident you should speak with them immediately. Get their full name, address, and phone number if you can. Witness testimony is invaluable.
Before you leave the scene of the accident, if you are able to, take pictures. If you have already left the scene of the pedestrian accident, take pictures of your injuries and any damage done to your bike. Take pictures of anything else that may seem important to your case. The more details we have access to the better.
Pedestrian accidents are too high stakes to trust with lawyers who do not know their way around a pedestrian-involved lawsuit. At Buckley Law Offices we focus on developing specialized knowledge of specific types of cases like pedestrian accidents to protect the rights of New Hampshire and Massachusetts residents and help pedestrian victims build strong legal cases to obtain maximum potential compensation.
During a free case evaluation, the legal team at Buckley Law Offices can discuss your legal options.
At Buckley Law Offices, our pedestrian accident legal team takes care of your case while you recover emotionally and medically. We can handle all of the paperwork and other time-consuming or confusing aspects of your case. If you or a loved one is suffering from injuries sustained during a pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to speak with a personal injury attorney from our firm at once. We have the experience, knowledge, and ability to safeguard your rights. Contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation.