Alabama Pedestrian Accidents
Ferguson & Ferguson
Attorneys at Law
September 27th, 2016
Pedestrians are seriously injured and killed every day in Alabama. In fact, in Alabama hundreds of pedestrians have been injured and killed by negligent drivers. Cases of distracted driving are underreported because it’s often difficult for police to prove. My most recent pedestrian accident client is a UAH student who was hit coming from class. He was hit by an assistant professor in the middle of the day in a crosswalk. My most recent Birmingham pedestrian client was also hit in the middle of the day in a crosswalk. In both cases brakes were not applied until after they were hit. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident that wasn’t your fault, talk to a pedestrian accident lawyer to find out if you have a case. Our pedestrian accident lawyers in can guide you through the legal process while explaining your rights and protecting your family’s future. We have helped thousands of injured clients, and we know that when there are serious injuries, immediate action needs to be taken. We offer no obligation, FREE CONSULTATIONS. We also have a LOWEST FEE GUARANTEE. Home and hospital visits are available if you are unable to come to our Huntsville or Decatur office. Call now. Call 256-534-3435 or 256-350-7200. We are here to help.
Causes of Alabama Pedestrian Accidents
Among the more common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Talking to passengers and not paying attention
- Texting or talking on the cell phone
- Putting on makeup
- Not yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks
- Failing to obey traffic signs and lights
- Failing to use a turn signal when turning or changing lanes
- Driving too fast for weather or traffic conditions
- In a hurry to get somewhere
Alabama Pedestrian Laws
A Alabama personal injury lawyer can help you understand state pedestrian laws. Alabama pedestrian laws are designed to protect motorists and pedestrians on the state’s roadways. Drivers and pedestrians should do the following:
- Pedestrians should obey traffic control signals, signs, and pavement markings when crossing streets.
- When traffic-control signals aren’t in place or in operation, drivers should yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, slowing down or stopping so pedestrians can cross roadways within crosswalks.
- If there are no crosswalks, signs, or signals at mid-block locations, pedestrians should yield the right-of-way to vehicles.
- Pedestrians are not allowed on expressways or interstate highways.
- No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close it is impractical for the driver to yield.
- Drivers emerging from or entering alleyways, buildings, private roads, or driveways shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on adjacent sidewalks.
- Pedestrians should use sidewalks where they are provided and safe to use. When sidewalks are not provided or are unsafe to use, pedestrians should walk facing traffic.
Damages in Alabama Pedestrian Accidents
In a Alabama pedestrian accident claim, you may be able to recover financial compensation to cover such economic costs, as well as non-economic damages you have suffered, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral costs
- Lost wages
- Loss in quality of life
- Assistive medical devices
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an accident, let one of our pedestrian accident attorneys get you the compensation you deserve. The costs associated with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and a wrongful death can be significant. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to discuss your case. Call us in Huntsville or Decatur, Alabama now. Call 1-800-752-1998 or 256-534-3434. We are here to help.