People in Massachusetts utilize state roadways in a variety of different methods. While accidents occur every day, a pedestrian accident can easily cause serious harm to the pedestrian. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association estimates that almost 5,000 people are killed in pedestrian accidents annually. An additional 76,000 pedestrians were injured in 2012 alone. Many of those injured or suffering the loss of a loved one have turned to the civil court system for legal recourse.
In order to recover damages after a pedestrian accident, is necessary to prove that another person’s negligence caused the accident. For example, a negligent driver who fails to meet a reasonable standard of care could be ordered to pay damages. Those drivers who are speeding, texting or fail to obey traffic signals, among other actions, could be found negligent.
In addition to pedestrians who are injured in motor vehicles accidents, thousands of pedestrians are injured due to issues such as construction, parking lot or sidewalk defects as well as improper maintenance of such structures. Those injured in this manner also have the option of having their cases heard. In order to prove negligence, a plaintiff must prove that a property owner is aware, or should have been aware, of a potentially dangerous property condition and failed to make repairs.
Unfortunately, a pedestrian accident can lead to a serious injury or even death. They can leave victims struggling to cope with large medical bills and lost wages. By filing a civil case, people in Massachusetts may be able to ensure that a negligent party is held accountable for his or her actions as well as providing some relief from the financial ramifications of any harm suffered as a result.
Source: FindLaw, “Pedestrian Accidents Overview“, Accessed on March 21, 2015