Handling Pedestrian Accidents In Connecticut
Pedestrians have virtually no protection against the impact of a car or truck. They may be permanently disabled or killed in an accident. Our lawyers at Berman & Russo, regularly prepare major accident and injury claims such as those that occur in many pedestrian crashes.
We will construct a case showing exactly how the driver's negligence led to your injuries and the resulting effects on your life. We will forcefully seek financial compensation for your pain and suffering, the cost of your medical treatments, and your lost wages.
Driver Negligence Versus Pedestrian Negligence
Vehicle drivers are responsible for following all of the rules of the road that pertain to pedestrians and owe them a duty of care. This means that drivers are to always use caution and watch for pedestrians, especially in areas where the number of pedestrians is higher. However, this is the case everywhere, even if someone is jogging on the side of the road in a less populated area. Drivers need to be careful in passing a pedestrian, giving as wide a berth as possible to ensure safety of the pedestrian, and must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Speeding, failure to yield, distracted driving, drunk driving and driving too aggressively in poor weather conditions are just some of the types of driver negligence that can cause a pedestrian-auto accident.
Pedestrians typically have the right of way but also must follow rules themselves. If a pedestrian was negligent and as a result became injured due to their own negligence, then a case cannot be brought against the driver in the collision. If the driver was injured, he or she may bring a case against the negligent pedestrian if the pedestrian was not within the bounds of a marked crosswalk, entered traffic suddenly and disrupted the flow of the vehicles, suddenly stepped out or ran out in front of a vehicle, or ignored the lighted "walk" sign at an intersection or other negligent actions.
Were You Hurt As A Pedestrian?
Since pedestrians are on the road unprotected, their injuries tend to be extremely serious if they are hit by a car. We handle cases involving injuries such as:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Head injuries, concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Broken bones
- Amputations and crush injuries
- Burns and road rash
Insurance Companies Are Not On Your Side
After being hit by a car as a pedestrian, you should talk to us before you talk to any insurance company or another party, besides law enforcement. Insurance companies focus on defending their bottom line, not paying rightful claims.
Our job is to represent your best interests in negotiations. Our record of success at settlement negotiations is among the best in Connecticut, but we always prepare to take pedestrian injury cases to trial. You will not have to accept a settlement that falls short of what you and your family need to move forward with your lives.
We represent clients throughout Hartford County (east of the Connecticut River) and Tolland County, including the communities of South Windsor, Windsor, East Windsor, Hartford, Bloomfield, Enfield, Windsor Locks, East Hartford, Manchester, Glastonbury, Marlborough, Somers, Stafford, Stafford Springs, Union, Ellington, Tolland, Willington, Vernon, Bolton, Coventry, Mansfield, Storrs, Andover, Hebron, Columbia and Middletown.