Pedestrian Accidents in Milwaukee
Were you struck by a vehicle in the Milwaukee area?
Thousands of pedestrians are injured or killed every year due to negligent drivers failing to abide to the rules of the road. Unlike in other types of personal injury accidents, pedestrians are exceptionally vulnerable because they do not have the protection of a vehicle. Many pedestrian accidents occur at an intersection or in mid-block and drivers operating motor vehicles are frequently to blame for said accident and any injuries sustained.
If you were hit by a motorist and sustained serious injuries, or if your loved one was struck and killed by a vehicle, you have legal rights to hold the negligent party responsible for their careless actions. I, Attorney Reinhardt, at the Law Office of Randall E. Reinhardt, have more than 40 years of personal injury experience and have handled numerous pedestrian accident cases. It is my goal to ensure you receive the best possible outcome for your case—regardless of whether or not I have to defend you in a court of law or if your case is settled prior to going to court.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents occur for a number or reasons, the majority of such cases occurring as a result of driver negligence.
Said negligence can include any of the following:
- Failing to yield for pedestrians in crosswalks
- Turning right on a red light and not looking for pedestrians in the crosswalk
- Backing out of a parking spot and failing to look both directions
- Speeding in residential areas where children are playing
By law, pedestrians have the right of way in designated areas and walkways. However, even if an individual has the legal right to cross an intersection or area, they can still be struck by an inattentive motorist. Many motorists who strike pedestrians are not paying attention to the task of driving; instead, they are attempting to perform other activities while operating a motor vehicle such as texting and driving, eating and driving, or adjusting the radio and driving.
How You Can Remain Safe as a Pedestrian
There are certain precautions pedestrians can take to ensure they are safe while walking across intersections and parking lots.
For example, while walking anywhere where cars will be present, it is vital you:
- Keep your head up and pay attention to your surroundings
- Cross at intersections only and abide by crosswalk signs
- Wear a light or reflective clothing during the evening
With more and more drivers attempting to multi-task while driving, it is safe to assume many drivers are not paying attention to pedestrians. Even if you have the right-of-way to cross an intersection or parking lot, always be attentive to what the cars around you are doing.
Protect Your Pedestrian Rights Now
You can protect your rights as a pedestrian and hold the negligible driver responsible for their careless actions if you were hit by a car while abiding pedestrian laws. When you retain my assistance, you are hiring a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer who has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for my clients and is a board certified civil trial advocate. I work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don't owe me anything unless I obtain a favorable outcome for your case. Please contact my firm now to schedule a free case evaluation or to learn more about my personal injury services.