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Liability when an auto-pedestrian accident happens

If a New Haven resident is harmed in a roadway accident, they may have the right to sue the party that caused their harm if that party was liable for the damages suffered by the victim. Liability may apply to a party who acted negligently, recklessly, criminally or who had a duty to act and failed to do so. Being liable for someone else's injuries may require a person to pay for the losses their victim has sustained.

This application of liability also relates to pedestrian accidents. Accidents between cars and people are unfortunately common and can have deadly results. However, not every collision between a pedestrian and a vehicle is the fault of the automobile's driver. Liability may also apply or may exclusively apply to the pedestrian.

A driver may be liable for an accident with a pedestrian if they are breaking traffic laws like speeding, driving while distracted or drunk or driving inappropriately for the weather conditions. Causing an accident with a pedestrian under such circumstances may, through a review of the facts, show that the driver breached their duty to operate safely while on the road.

A pedestrian, though, can also breach their duty to be safe when out on foot. A pedestrian who disregards crosswalks or signs, who disrupts traffic or who is erratic when cross streets or intersections may be liable for their own harm if they are struck by a vehicle.

Proving liability in auto-pedestrian accidents can be complicated. Victims of these common accidents should discuss their possible legal claims with attorneys who offer personal injury support. This not only helps assign liability but also assists with the recovery of compensation for losses and damages suffered.

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