About Pedestrian Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are not pleasant events. In most of these accidents, the vehicle will take the brunt of the force, saving the parties involved from serious injuries. With no protection at all, pedestrians that are hit by cars, motorcycles, buses or trucks are often seriously injured, sometimes catastrophically. Foot traffic is at an all-time high in the budding beach communities, college campuses, cities and towns of Delaware. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident as a pedestrian, it is important to discuss your legal matter with an experienced personal injury attorney to assess the value of your claim and develop a comprehensive legal plan to meet your needs. DiLeonardo Law is an experienced personal injury law firm located in Newark, DE. We are dedicated to every client. If you need our help, contact our firm for a free initial consultation.
NEGLIGENCE IN A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT
Assigning fault to a pedestrian accident is a difficult task. Whichever party failed to exercise reasonable care may be considered negligent. Some of the most common causes of driver negligence:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Using electronic devices unlawfully
- Careless or reckless driving
While a drivers’ negligence is often the cause of a pedestrian accident, some situations are out of the hands of a driver. For example, road conditions could play a large part in one’s accident, including weather conditions and the conditions of the roads themselves (potholes, defective traffic lights, etc.) When answering the question “Who is to blame?”, it is important to discuss your situation with an attorney.
Additionally, Delaware follows the principle of contributory negligence. If the accident’s fault was shared between parties, it could affect the outcome of the case. For example, if you were jaywalking and was hit by a car as you entered the road, the accident could have been avoidable if you took the proper care. If it was found that you were over 50% at fault, you could be barred from collecting compensation.
AFTER AN ACCIDENT
If you are hit by a vehicle, stay calm and call the police. When the police arrive, they will document the facts of the case, including why the accident occurred, where and when the accident occurred, and the injuries sustained. If you can, take pictures and talk to witnesses that may be able to corroborate your story. If you cannot, contact our firm to investigate the matter on your behalf.
Contact An Experienced Delaware Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury law firm. DiLeonardo Law provides effective and zealous representation to clients across the state of Delaware. It is difficult to know where to turn after being in an accident or losing a loved one after an accident. Contact DiLeonardo Law for a free initial consultation to discuss your legal matter..