We’re Here to Help You!Pedestrian Accidents in Massachusetts
Many individuals eagerly embrace walking and cycling. While moving and walking more offers several health benefits, it also increases the danger of pedestrians and cyclists being struck by passing automobiles. Sadly, several variables make Massachusetts a high-risk state for pedestrian-car accidents.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you are entitled to compensation for both your financial losses and the pain and suffering you have had to experience. For assistance, contact the pedestrian accident injury lawyers at The Law Office of Matthew M. Foti in Malden, Massachusetts.Accidents Involving Pedestrians and Responsibility for Injuries
Many pedestrians are injured in car accidents caused by careless drivers. Pedestrians in Massachusetts are protected from motor vehicles by several traffic laws. If traffic controls are broken or non-existent, for example, a car must yield to pedestrians. They are also unable to overtake another vehicle that has come to a complete stop for a pedestrian. It is not always the case that pedestrians have the right-of-way. In Massachusetts, it is illegal for a pedestrian to leave a sidewalk and walk or run so near to the path of a moving car that the motorist is unable to yield.
If you were hit by a vehicle, truck, or motorbike, you may be able to hold the driver responsible if he or she was careless. You have the burden of proof as the plaintiff to prove that the driver:
- Owed you a duty of reasonable care;
- violated the duty of care;
- And, caused you harm and damages by violating that duty.
In Massachusetts, drivers are required to show reasonable care when operating their cars. The key to proving liability is demonstrating that the defendant's breach of duty caused your injuries in the first place. To put it another way, you must show that your injuries would not have occurred "but for" the defendant's acts and that your injuries were a foreseen consequence of the defendant's negligence.Pedestrian Accident Laws in Massachusetts
Motorists must give the right of way to pedestrians who are in a designated crosswalk on the side of the roadway in which the vehicle is going or who are within 10 feet of the vehicle, according to Massachusetts law.
When an officer is directing traffic, a traffic control signal is present, or a designated crosswalk is within 300 feet of the pedestrian, pedestrians in Massachusetts should cross a road inside a crosswalk. In crosswalks without traffic lights, pedestrians have the right-of-way.
However, a pedestrian may not enter a crosswalk abruptly and step into the path of an oncoming automobile that is approaching so quickly that the driver does not have enough time to stop.Pedestrian Accidents in Massachusetts: Common Causes
Pedestrian accidents occur for a variety of factors. Among the most prevalent causes of pedestrian accidents that we see daily are:
- Intoxicated drivers - The hazards of drinking and driving have been well emphasized. Even so, many drivers continue to endanger others by drinking and driving. Drunk drivers' pedestrian crashes regularly result in catastrophic injuries.
- Distracted drivers - Many drivers do not pay attention to what is going on around them while driving. Instead, they're tinkering with the radio, using a GPS gadget, eating, or even applying cosmetics. Such activities, in each scenario, take the driver's eyes off the road - and away from anybody crossing it.
- Drivers who text - Texting drivers are causing a growing amount of distracted driving incidents. In Massachusetts, texting while driving is illegal. However, this does not deter a large number of individuals from doing so. As a result of drivers texting instead of paying attention to the road, numerous pedestrians suffer catastrophic injuries.
- Speeding motorists - When driving too aggressively, many drivers strike pedestrians strolling beside the road or crossing the street. This is because fast cars do not have enough time to slow down for crosswalks. They could also swerve off the road if they're driving too quickly. Speeding drivers should be made responsible for their acts, regardless of the reason.
In Massachusetts, damages for a pedestrian accident personal injury claim might include both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are given to assist you to get back on your feet monetarily after you've been injured, but non-economic damages are used to pay for the intangible, subjective losses you've suffered.
This can involve funds for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Medical treatment in the future
- Costs of rehabilitation
- Income reduction/Earnings loss
- Future earning capability is lost.
- Physical pain and emotional suffering
If a pedestrian accident in Massachusetts results in death, a wrongful death claim may be filed for damages such as last medical treatment and funeral expenses, loss of financial support the person would have offered their family, and loss of companionship and affection.Can I Receive Compensation in Massachusetts if I Was to Blame?
Insurance companies sometimes blame third parties for accidents. When more than one party is at blame, various states have varied laws for how personal injury cases are handled. Comparative fault or comparative negligence are the terms used to describe these laws. Contributory negligence is governed in Massachusetts under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 231, Section 85. As long as the plaintiff's fault is not larger than the defendant's, compensation can be recovered. A 51 percent rule, often known as the "Modified Comparative Fault Rule," is a sort of rule. In other words, you can submit a claim as long as your portion of the blame is equal to or less than the other party's.
Remember that your damages will be altered to reflect your percentage of fault. Your damages will be lowered by the same percentage if you are 10% at fault. The insurance provider will almost certainly try to blame you. The Law Office of Matthew M. Foti in Malden can defend you and fight for the maximum compensation possible.Contact Our Massachusetts Pedestrian Accident Attorney
When vehicles in Massachusetts ignore pedestrian walk signs and traffic safety rules and injure pedestrians, they may be deemed negligent and responsible for the damage they cause. If you have been hurt while walking by a vehicle, it is critical that you speak with a competent Massachusetts pedestrian accident attorney at The Law Office of Matthew M. Foti in Malden to handle your case.