According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, roughly 5,000 pedestrians perish and roughly 80,000 sustain a significant injury in collisions involving motor vehicles. Pedestrian accidents also cause numerous injuries and deaths in Rhode Island. There are also thousands of cases annually where pedestrians are hurt due to road or building construction, potholes, obstructions, and faulty upkeep in specific areas.
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Naturally a pedestrian is entitled to file legal proceedings in RI for relief if negligence caused the accident. The injured party bears the burden of proof that the other party or parties did indeed not exercise proper care through their actions or lack thereof. You need a focused RI pedestrian injury lawyer or a RI pedestrian accident attorney on your side!
Examples of possible negligent parties are: the motor vehicle operator, the person or persons responsible for upkeep on a road, parking lot or sidewalk where the injury occurred, and the actual pedestrian.
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In pedestrian accidents involving a motor vehicle, it is essential to realize both the driver and pedestrian have certain laws they must adhere to as well as employ a certain amount of awareness. If a driver is unmindful or unobservant, does not obey designated speed limits, refuses to surrender the right of way to the pedestrian at clearly posted walking zones, does not acknowledge stop lights, stop signs, etc., will not use their turn signal, does not take weather or traffic conditions into account, is operating their vehicle while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol and does not take special precautions to protect the safety of children, they are considered by the court system to be legally negligent.
A pedestrian must always act defensively on their own behalf and can be found negligent when they dismiss signals telling them when to cross an intersection, refuse to use crosswalks, and leap into heavy traffic at will.
In cases where pedestrians are harmed in Rhode Island by lack of a property owner’s or caretaker’s maintenance the same rule for proving negligence applies, but with different conditions. It must be clearly determined that the person in charge of the property was responsible for the state of disrepair, he or she must have palpable knowledge it existed and they purposefully did not repair it or the decayed state continued for such a period of time, it certainly should have been fixed long before any harm arose it from it.
For more information or if you feel you or someone you know possesses just cause to file a claim, please contact us immediately to ascertain your legal rights and needs.