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Rarely do pedestrian accidents end well for the individuals who were out for a walk or riding their bicycles. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a crash than vehicle passengers. Jacob Johnstun of Johnstun Injury Law LLC in St. Helens, believes pedestrians injured in vehicle collisions need compassionate and dedicated legal counsel to secure the compensation they deserve.
Common pedestrian accidents
Drivers are required to exercise reasonable care when operating motorized vehicles on the public roadways in Oregon. This includes maintaining control over their vehicles and keeping a lookout for pedestrians and others using the roads. Among the common causes of collisions between drivers and pedestrians are the following:
- Alcohol or drug use
- Failing to yield to pedestrians
- Inattentive driving
- Failing to use directional signals when turning
- Disregarding stop signs and traffic signals
The facts and circumstances existing at the time of an accident can be critical in determining whether a driver can be held liable for causing it. For example, a motorist lawfully operating at the posted speed limit might still be held liable if he or she was on a street passing a playground crowded with children.This is because a resourceful attorney would present evidence demonstrating that a reasonable driver would not have merely relied upon the posted speed limit, but would also have 1) observed that children were playing nearby; 2) recognize that this meant an increased risk of injury or death if the driver continued at his or her current speed; and 3) decrease the vehicle’s speed appropriately.
Pedestrians can reduce their risk of injury
Alcohol is a factor in up to 50 percent of the pedestrian accidents in this country, but drivers are not the only ones at fault. Pedestrian consumption of alcohol also contributes to accidents. Other contributing pedestrian behaviors include:
- Ignoring traffic signs and signals
- Failing to yield to motorists having the right of way
- Crossing streets between parked vehicles
- Walking in the roadway when there are sidewalks available
- Standing in the roadway
Pedestrians who believe they might be somewhat at fault in causing the accident in which they are injured should speak to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Oregon comparative negligence law permits accident victims to be compensated even though they might have contributed to causing the accident.
Passionate representation for injured pedestrians
Personal injury attorney Jacob Johnstun at Johnstun Injury Law LLC in St. Helens is committed to helping pedestrians who have suffered serious injuries from motor vehicle collisions. Accident victims with questions or concerns about their rights should call 503-610-5399 to schedule a FREE consultation and case evaluation.