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Pedestrian's Legal Rights in an Accident

Posted on: April 6, 2017 by Edwards & Patterson Law

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There is a pedestrian accident every day. Many are linked to negligent driving. Negligent driving is something that is, unfortunately, a part of life. Despite the laws restricting texting while driving, drivers still cannot resist the urge to check their phone while they are driving. That split second you are distracted by your phone can change your life forever. Negligent driving is responsible for several injuries and even death each year in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Ignore the phone or pull over, avoid all distractions while driving to avert careless accidents.

Pedestrian Accidents in Oklahoma & Arkansas

In Oklahoma and Arkansas, the laws are quite specific when it comes to pedestrian rights and negligent drivers. For example, a driver is supposed to come to a complete stop and permit pedestrians to cross a street or intersection, especially when a sign is posted or at designated pedestrian crossing areas. If a driver fails to adhere to rules concerning pedestrian crossings they can face stiff fines and other penalties.

When an accident occurs involving a pedestrian, the pedestrian has certain rights in which they must be made aware. For example, if a pedestrian is injured by a driver that failed to yield or stop at a crossing, the pedestrian has the legal right to sue for injuries and file possible charges against a negligent driver.

There are several causes of accidents that will likely lead to serious injury in pedestrian accidents:

  • Failure of the driver to check for pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Drivers that fail to stop at a stop sign or traffic light.
  • Drivers that are distracted due to cell phone usage, eating, or loud music.
  • Drivers that choose to ignore speed limits especially within a residential area.
  • Drivers that may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while operating an automobile.

Pedestrian accidents can be moderate to severe, most are severe. Drivers need to be alert and cautious while operating a motor vehicle. A simple distraction can be disastrous, particularly to unprotected pedestrians. A driver must keep their eyes on the road no matter what. If something distracts you while driving, the best course of action is to pull off the road.

Where to Turn if You Were Involved in a Pedestrian Accident

Your best option, if you were involved in a pedestrian accident is to consult with a highly-skilled and experienced attorney. It is never a wise choice to wait before seeing an attorney. Most people do not know their rights when involved in an accident. Normally, a pedestrian accident is a once in a lifetime event for most of us. The professionals at Edwards & Patterson have been helping the people of Oklahoma and Arkansas get the compensation they deserve for more than thirty years. Let’s sit down and discuss the details of your pedestrian accident with a FREE, no obligation initial consultation. Use the convenient contact form or give us a call, 877-402-7308. We have offices in Tulsa and McAlester, but if need be we will meet you anywhere, even Fort Smith or Little Rock.

It is also important to seek medical attention immediately following an accident. Go to the local Emergency Room to be checked if you have serious injuries, your family care physician, or general practitioner for an exam even when there is moderate or no pain, there could be internal injuries or a concussion. Normally, the adrenaline from an accident can hide the pain and it may take a few days for a person to feel the full effects of an injury.

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