When you picture a pedestrian accident, you may envision the typical scene out of a movie where someone steps off the curb and suddenly gets slammed by a bus on winds up on the windshield of a speeding car. But pedestrian accidents happen in a variety of ways, most of which do not involve a pedestrian walking out into the road, although that happens too. Vehicle vs. pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere you find motor vehicles, even in places they shouldn’t be.
Backup accidents occur when drivers back out of parking spaces or driveways. Drivers often fail to check blind spots or may forget to look for pedestrians at all. Newer technology, such as sensors and backup cameras can help prevent backup accidents, but they don’t always work as they should. Overreliance on safety equipment can give drivers a false sense of security, causing even more of these types of accidents.
Shoulder of the Road in Poorly Lit Areas
People walking on the shoulder of the road at night can easily be struck when the lighting is poor. Lack of street lights or defective street lights contribute to the danger. Pedestrians should wear reflective clothing when walking or jogging at night and try to choose areas that are well lit and give you plenty of room. But that’s not always an option, especially if you are walking because your vehicle broke down.
Hit in Your Own Yard
You expect to be safe from cars in your own yard, especially if it is fenced, but vehicles can and do veer off the road for any number of reasons. Reckless driving, drunk driving, vehicle malfunction and sudden health events can all be behind accidents where cars and trucks wind up in people’s yards or even crashing into houses.
If you have been struck as a pedestrian in Shreveport, please call the Law Offices of J. Ransdell Keene at 800-597-9247 or contact us right away to learn more about your legal rights how we can help you recover fair compensation.