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Rhode Island Pedestrian Accident Attorney
When the crosswalk sign flashes “WALK” and you step into an intersection, you certainly don’t expect that an oncoming driver will try to beat the red light and run you down. You expect drivers to be focused on the road rather than a cell phone or other distraction. However, drivers do not always behave as expected. Whether you are hit by a car, truck, taxi or bus, a pedestrian accident is a terrifying and traumatic ordeal. You can suffer life-changing injuries, especially if a vehicle is travelling at a higher rate of speed.Contact for a free consultation
Our Rhode Island pedestrian accident lawyers at Maraso & Nesselbush focus on holding negligent drivers responsible for injuries they cause and seeking full compensation for those who have been harmed. You should not have to pay for the costs of an injury caused by another’s carelessness or disregard for safety. Our experienced injury lawyers provide dedicated legal representation and seek to achieve extraordinary results for each client we serve. Our firm has been recognized for our service to the community; in 2016 four of our attorneys were recognized on the list of Rhode Island Super Lawyers. If you have been hit by a car while walking in Providence or anywhere in Rhode Island, contact us now to find out how we can assist with your pedestrian accident.
Pedestrian Accidents in Rhode Island
Pedestrians represent more than 21 percent of traffic fatalities in Rhode Island, according to RIDOT. In the past 10 years, an average of 12 people died each year in pedestrian accidents. In 2015, eight pedestrians were killed in Rhode Island, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The majority of pedestrian deaths occur on larger, wider roads that are designed for high speed traffic, without consideration for the pedestrians and bicyclists who use the roads for transportation. The higher the speed at which cars are travelling, the more likely a collision with a pedestrian will cause serious or fatal injuries.
Anyone can be involved in a pedestrian accident. Seniors and children are at the highest risk of being struck in a pedestrian accident. Elderly people may take more time crossing a street and react more slowly to avoid an approaching vehicle.
How to Stay Safe as a Rhode Island Pedestrian
- Pedestrians should cross intersections in designated crosswalks when they are available and always obey the traffic lights and walk signals, if they are present.
- Pedestrians have the right-of-way when crossing in a crosswalk at an intersection without a signal. Look both ways and make sure that any approaching car is stopping before stepping into a crosswalk. Even in crosswalks, a pedestrian may be difficult to see, particularly at night. Hold children’s hands while crossing a street.
- A pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection is required to yield the right-of-way to all oncoming vehicles.
- Walk or jog on the left side of the road facing traffic when using a road that has no sidewalks.
- If a sidewalk is provided, a pedestrian should not walk in the street. When walking on a sidewalk, be alert for vehicles turning into a side street or a driveway that crosses the sidewalk. Drivers crossing a sidewalk are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on the sidewalk.
- Make yourself as visible as possible. Wear bright or fluorescent clothing to help motorists see you. Runners and joggers are required by Rhode Island law to wear reflective material to make themselves visible when running after sunset.
- Avoid the dangers of vehicle traffic by walking one of many greenways or walking trails in Providence or other cities in the Ocean State. Explore Rhode Island’s network of trails and greenways.
When a driver violates the traffic laws and injures a pedestrian, the driver’s actions may be used as evidence of negligence in a personal injury claim seeking compensation to cover your injury-related expenses.
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What Should You Do If You Are Hit by a Car While Walking?
- Medical Treatment—If you did not require emergency medical attention after being struck by a car, you should still seek a medical evaluation as soon as possible. The rush of adrenaline after an accident may mask your injuries. You may feel unhurt after an accident, but wake up the next day very sore and stiff. Some injuries such as concussions, which are mild brain injuries, may not be immediately apparent to an untrained eye. A doctor’s report detailing your injuries in the accident will be helpful if you pursue an injury claim.
- Summon Police—If you were hit by a car, report the accident to police if you are able or have someone else do so. A police report provides an official record of an accident. The police officer may also make a determination of who was at fault in the accident. Obtain a copy of the police accident report. It can be a starting point for an attorney’s investigation of your case.
- Obtain Motorist’s Insurance Information—The insurance company representing an at-fault driver will often try to contact an accident victim directly. It is best not to discuss the details of the accident or give any statements until you have consulted with a personal injury attorney. An insurance company may use your comments to reduce the amount of settlement they are prepared to make.
- Understand Your Legal Options — You should take advantage of a free consultation with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer. Our attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush will review the specific facts of your accident and explain your legal options. If you have sustained serious injuries, it is critically important to seek legal advice from a highly qualified accident attorney to protect your legal interests. You may have serious debt as a result of the accident. Our legal team will fight for your rights to be compensated fairly for your medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages, pain and suffering and other expenses resulting from the accident.