Pedestrian accidents are a common occurrence in Oklahoma, and they can result in serious injuries or even death. While some accidents are caused by factors outside of a driver’s control, such as weather or mechanical failure, many pedestrian accidents are the result of negligence on the part of the driver.
Negligence is defined as a failure to take reasonable care to prevent harm to others. In the context of pedestrian accidents, negligence may involve a driver’s failure to obey traffic laws, such as failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk or driving while distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Under Oklahoma law, pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, and drivers must yield to pedestrians who are crossing in a crosswalk. However, even when pedestrians are crossing outside of a crosswalk, drivers have a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid hitting them.
In cases where a driver is found to have been negligent in causing a pedestrian accident, the injured pedestrian may be able to recover damages for their injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
It is important for both drivers and pedestrians to be aware of their surroundings and to take precautions to prevent accidents. Drivers should always be alert for pedestrians, especially in areas where pedestrians are likely to be present, such as near schools or in busy downtown areas. Pedestrians should also exercise caution when crossing the street, and should always use designated crosswalks when possible.
In addition to the legal consequences of negligence in pedestrian accidents, there are also significant safety concerns. Pedestrian accidents can result in serious injuries or death, not only for the pedestrian but also for the driver and any passengers in the vehicle.
To prevent pedestrian accidents caused by negligence, it is important for drivers to follow all traffic laws, stay alert, and avoid distractions while driving. This means putting away cell phones, not eating or drinking while driving, and refraining from any other activities that could take their attention away from the road.
Pedestrians also have a responsibility to stay safe and avoid accidents. This includes using designated crosswalks, following traffic signals, and staying visible to drivers by wearing bright or reflective clothing when walking at night.
In some cases, pedestrian accidents may also be caused by factors outside of the driver’s or pedestrian’s control, such as poor lighting, defective crosswalk signals, or poorly maintained sidewalks. In these situations, it may be possible to hold a property owner or government entity responsible for the accident.
Murray Law Firm is dedicated to helping individuals who have been injured in pedestrian accidents caused by negligence in Oklahoma. Our experienced personal injury attorneys have a deep understanding of the laws and regulations governing these types of cases, and we have a track record of successfully recovering compensation for our clients.
When you work with Murray Law Firm, we will conduct a thorough investigation into your case to determine who was at fault and what damages you are entitled to recover. We will gather evidence, interview witnesses, and consult with experts as needed to build a strong case on your behalf.
We will also handle all communication with insurance companies and other parties involved in your case, so you can focus on your recovery without the added stress of dealing with legal and financial issues.
If necessary, we will pursue your case in court to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
At Murray Law Firm, we are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of personal attention and legal representation. We will work tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by negligence in Oklahoma, don’t hesitate to contact Murray Law Firm for a free consultation. We will review your case, answer your questions, and help you understand your legal options.