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Pedestrian Accidents

Cappetta Law Offices offers skilled legal representation to clients seeking recourse under personal injury law . Whether you were harmed at a crosswalk or while driving, I will thoroughly investigate your case and work diligently to obtain compensation for you. You are never charged attorney's fees unless or until I obtain a favorable verdict or settlement in your case.

Walk at Your Own Risk

Pedestrian accidents are a grim reminder of how dangerous walking can be. While nothing is better for your heart or health, walking can be lethal on busy streets. Due in large part to a lack of funding, roadways are not always equipped to accommodate mixed traffic. This exposes pedestrians to a disproportionally higher risk of danger than drivers or cyclists. Massachusetts is fortunate to have pedestrian-friendly parks and sidewalks, but they do not make up for the extensive damage caused by negligent drivers. Being hit by heavy steel can lead to horrific accidents and injuries, including:

  • Hit-and-run accidents
  • Being thrown to pavement
  • Smashed between vehicles
  • Exposure to oncoming traffic
  • Broken bones and teeth
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Brain and spinal cord injury
  • Disability, paralysis, wrongful death
Pedestrian Precautions

At the time of the accident, there is nothing you can do to stop a negligent driver. But you can take simple steps to protect yourself from injury. The best way is to avoid busy intersections, unmarked crosswalks, and heavy traffic. If you must jog in the city, do not get carried away by your music or stride; always be vigilant of rapidly approaching cars. Do not limit your vision to lateral directions, but also see what is behind and in front. Keep on sidewalks for as long as possible and remember to wear bright or reflective clothing when walking at night. Pedestrians should always walk at right angles to the roadway and never "cut across" an intersection. Even at a marked crosswalk, wait for both lanes of traffic to stop before crossing and stay in the middle until the opposing lanes are clear. Never rush to leave a place of safety: it could mean your life.

Negligent Driving in Pedestrian Accidents

The majority of pedestrian accidents are caused by negligence. Negligence refers to the breach of a legal duty owed to others. Motorists are negligent when their reckless driving causes an accident injuring others. When this happens, the law holds drivers liable for any resulting damages. Negligent driving describes various forms of behavior, including:

  • DUI, while intoxicated
  • Failure to pay attention
  • Speeding, traffic violations
  • Failure to yield the right of way
  • Driving while distracted, impaired
  • Passing a stopped car at a crosswalk
  • Blindly entering traffic from alley or driveway

Personal injury law provides a remedy for pedestrians injured by negligent drivers. The driver is held financially responsible for all damages caused by the accident, including property damage, medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. If the accident resulted in death, family members may bring a wrongful death claim to recover additional damages related to the loss of relationship with the deceased.

Call a Massachusetts Personal Injury Lawyer for Help

If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, Massachusetts personal injury lawyer Cappetta Law Offices can help. I will start working on your case immediately at no up-front cost to you. After a free consultation, I will aggressively pursue your personal injury claim to see that you receive just compensation for your harm. I work diligently to address your concerns and keep you abreast of all developments in your case. Do not abandon your claim until you consult a lawyer. You have nothing to lose because I will not get paid unless or until I recover compensation for you. Call (508) 969-9505 for a free consultation or contact me online.