Arlington Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Arlington is a town proud of its history, even though it has grown into a modern community. Arlington is located six miles northwest of Boston and was originally settled in 1635. It played a significant role in the Revolutionary War and Arlington has preserved many of its historical buildings and has even recreated its town common. There are 100 colleges and universities within 50 miles of Arlington, making it a busy town attracting many tourists. Arlington is a pedestrian friendly city with numerous sidewalks, crosswalks and walk signals; however, the risk of pedestrians being in an accident with a vehicle remains.
Pedestrian accidents are among the worst that occur and can result in devastating injuries. If you or a loved one have been in an accident as a pedestrian, you do not have to deal with the consequences alone. Give DiBella Law Offices P.C. a call today at (978) 327-5140 to speak with one of our talented attorneys who can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Vehicle operators must follow specific laws when on the road in the same way that pedestrians must follow certain rules to ensure their own safety. In Arlington, pedestrians always have the right-of-way when they are crossing a street within a crosswalk or they are properly following traffic signals such as green lights and “Walk” signals. The same thing goes when no sidewalk is provided and the pedestrian has to walk on the roadway. Pedestrians have the right-of-way, meaning vehicles must slow down, give the pedestrians plenty of room and only pass when it is safe to do so.
It is essential for pedestrians to know when they do not have the right-of-way to avoid getting into accidents with vehicles. As with vehicle operators, pedestrians must follow all traffic rules and signals because they are sharing the road. Pedestrians must not jaywalk or walk in front of vehicles to cross a road where there is no marked place for pedestrians to cross safely. Similarly, when a vehicle has a green traffic light at an intersection, pedestrians must give the vehicle the right-of-way. Pedestrians who are trying to cross state highways must use extreme caution and give all vehicles the right-of-way.
The car insurance of the vehicle that hit the pedestrian may provide some coverage for injuries; however this is typically not enough to cover all of the expenses that the injured party incurs. Some drivers may only have minimum insurance or the victim may have to fight the insurance provider about the appropriate amount of compensation.
If this is the case, the injured pedestrian has the option of filing a personal injury lawsuit against the vehicle operator who hit them. The injured party can claim compensation for a number of things, including; medical expenses, lost income, physical and mental pain and suffering and more.
Personal injury claims in Arlington are won by proving that another person’s careless or negligent actions led to your injuries. If you were injured as a pedestrian, you need to show that the vehicle operator who hit you failed to take reasonable care or was intentionally harmful or reckless. An attorney from DiBella Law Offices P.C. can help you to prove that the vehicle operator was negligent so you can get the compensation you merit.
Arlington also uses modified comparative negligence. This means that even if the pedestrian is partially responsible for the accident, they are still compensated if they were less than 51% responsible, though probably not for the full amount.
We understand how stressful the aftermath of an accident is. We are also aware of the extent of injuries that pedestrians often suffer in accidents. We are here and ready to help take the stress off your legal battle by fighting on your behalf.
Give us a call today at (978) 327-5140 for a free initial consultation.