Who Is Responsible for a Crosswalk Incident?

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Pedestrians stand little chance against motor vehicles due to their sheer size and weight alone. This is why crosswalk incidents can be quite devastating. Continue reading to learn who is responsible for a crosswalk incident and how an experienced Houston, Texas pedestrian accident lawyer at White Personal Injury can help you in this situation.

Who is at fault for a crosswalk incident?

There could be many different factors that contribute to a crosswalk incident. More specifically, it could be due to a driver’s negligence, a pedestrian’s negligence, external elements, or a combination of all three. Examples of each are as follows:

  • Driver negligence:
    • Making an illegal maneuver while proceeding through or turning at a crosswalk (i.e., running a red light).
    • Failing to yield to pedestrians at a crosswalk.
    • Speeding through a crosswalk.
    • Driving while distracted through a crosswalk.
    • Driving while under the influence through a crosswalk.
    • Driving while drowsy through a crosswalk.
  • Pedestrian negligence:
    • Walking through a crosswalk before looking both ways.
    • Walking through a crosswalk before the walk sign appears.
    • Walking through a crosswalk while distracted with a handheld device.
    • Walking through a crosswalk while distracted with listening to music.
    • Walking outside of the designated crosswalk lines (i.e., jaywalking).
  • External elements:
    • Severe weather conditions that inhibit a driver’s and a pedestrian’s vision.
    • Hazardous road conditions that force a driver to swerve into a pedestrian.
    • Closed sidewalks that force a pedestrian to stand in the street.
    • Construction barricades that obstruct a driver’s view.

What is the statute of limitations for a claim?

If you were a pedestrian involved in a crosswalk incident, odds are that you are now suffering from serious injuries and damages. The truth of the matter is that you cannot stand idly by when this happens to you. Instead, you must fight back through a personal injury lawsuit. This may just be the only way that you can receive the financial compensation that you require for your physical treatments, mental health treatments, lost wages, lost domestic services, and much more.

Understandably, you may be taking time to heal from your injuries. But you must not wait too long in bringing your claim forward. This is because the state of Texas has a statute of limitations of two years for personal injury claims. This means that you will have approximately two years from the date of your incident to file before being permanently barred from doing so.

And so, retain the services of a skilled Houston, Texas auto accident lawyer sooner rather than later. We look forward to working with you.

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