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Drivers in Wisconsin must use caution and vigilance to avoid accidents. Motorists must yield when necessary to avoid hitting a pedestrian who is crossing a road or intersection. Unfortunately, not all drivers pay close attention to their surroundings on busy streets, which is why most pedestrian accidents occur. If you've been injured while walking, call our firm today for a free consultation.

Drivers in Wisconsin must use caution and vigilance to avoid accidents. Motorists must yield when necessary to avoid hitting a pedestrian who is crossing a road or intersection. Unfortunately, not all drivers pay close attention to their surroundings on busy streets, which is why most pedestrian accidents occur. If you've been injured while walking, call our firm today for a free consultation.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian Accidents

When a moving vehicle strikes a person on foot, the pedestrian is vulnerable to serious injuries including head injuries, back injuries and broken bones. If you or your loved one has been struck by a car and injured, it is crucial to speak with an experienced Milwaukee pedestrian accident attorney about your legal rights.

You should not assume that you were at fault if you were injured in a pedestrian accident. A big contributing factor to pedestrian accidents is drivers’ failure to see what is happening on the road, particularly at night and other times of low visibility. An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help you seek full compensation for the injuries you sustained. At Gruber Law Offices, LLC, we take pride in being understanding and compassionate and for standing up aggressively for our clients’ rights. Our philosophy is, “One call… that’s all!” It’s as simple as that: you call our office, and let our legal team take care of every aspect of your pedestrian accident case.

Please call our firm for a free consultation.

 

Pedestrian Accidents

Wisconsin Laws and Pedestrian Accidents

Hundreds of people are injured and approximately 60 people die each year in pedestrian accidents in Wisconsin. Many are preventable accidents caused by drivers’ negligence or disregard for safety. A pedestrian accident may occur because a careless or inattentive driver fails to yield the right-of-way to an individual who is crossing an intersection on foot.

Many Wisconsin drivers do not understand that they must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, including both marked and unmarked crosswalks at intersections. Failure to stop for a pedestrian is one of the most commonly violated Wisconsin traffic statutes.

Intersection Accidents—Motorists waiting to make a turn at an intersection may cause a pedestrian accident by failing to yield to a person on foot who is crossing the intersection at the same time. A driver proceeding on a green light may not start turning at an intersection when it would endanger a pedestrian, bicyclist or individual in a motorized chair crossing the intersection on a WALK signal or green light.

At intersections without traffic signals, drivers must yield to pedestrians to allow for the safe use of crosswalks or unmarked crosswalks. A pedestrian is not permitted to step suddenly off the sidewalk into the path of an oncoming car that is so close that the driver does not have adequate time to yield.

Even when walking in crosswalks, pedestrians can be difficult to see, especially at night. In many accidents involving pedestrians or bicyclists, the driver says he or she did not see the person who was struck until it was too late to avoid hitting the person.

When crossing a road at locations other than crosswalks, pedestrians are required to yield the right-of way to all vehicles on the road. Blind and visually impaired pedestrians have special protection under Wisconsin law. Pedestrians using a guide dog or a white cane have absolute right of way even if the individual is not at an intersection.

Right Turn on Red Accidents— Motorists are required to stop before making a right turn at a red light. Collisions involving a driver turning right into a pedestrian in a crosswalk are sometimes referred to as right-hook accidents.

Passing Car Stopped for Pedestrians—When a motorist is stopped at an intersection to allow a pedestrian to cross, another motorist may not pass the stopped vehicle. Pedestrians who are in a crosswalk are extremely vulnerable to injury by drivers who decide to pass stopped vehicles.

Distracted Driving AccidentsDistracted driving is another frequent cause of collisions including pedestrian accidents. A driver who is looking at a cell phone or focused on any activity other than paying attention to the road may fail to notice a pedestrian walking along the roadside or crossing an intersection.

Sidewalk and Parking Lot Accidents—Drivers hurrying to beat oncoming cars and turn into a parking lot, driveway or side road may fail to notice a pedestrian approaching on a sidewalk. Drivers in Wisconsin are required to yield to pedestrians when entering or exiting a driveway, parking lot or alley. Drivers also are required to stop before crossing a sidewalk when pulling onto a road from a driveway or parking lot.

Back-Up Accidents—Pedestrians crossing parking lots or driveways may be struck by motorists who are backing up and fail to see what is behind them. Many backup accidents involve children standing behind vehicles. A driver should always check what is behind his or her vehicle before shifting into reverse.

Speeding AccidentsDrivers speeding down residential streets may fail to look out for a person stepping out from behind a car or a child darting into the street and cause pedestrian accidents. Motorists should slow down in neighborhoods and school zones where they are more likely to encounter pedestrians and children playing.

Alcohol-Related Accident—A significant percentage of pedestrian accidents involve either an impaired driver or an impaired pedestrian.

When a motorist violates traffic laws and a pedestrian sustains injuries as a result, the motorist’s actions may be cited as evidence of driver negligence in a personal injury lawsuit. The injured pedestrian may be entitled to claim compensation from the at-fault driver. However, auto insurance companies will often try to blame an injured pedestrian for an accident, even when the pedestrian was acting within his or her rights. For that reason, it is important to have a knowledgeable Wisconsin injury attorney who understands Wisconsin traffic laws and pedestrians’ rights standing up for you after a serious accident.

The attorneys at Gruber Law Offices, LLC understand the causes of pedestrian accidents and the types of serious injuries that may result. We will investigate your accident and determine who may be held accountable.

What You Should Do if Struck by a Car While Walking

  • Medical Care—Your first priority should be receiving medical treatment. Call the police and request an ambulance if you need emergency medical attention after being hit by a car. Even if you do not need emergency aid, visit the doctor promptly and have a medical assessment. The surge of adrenaline after a pedestrian accident may mask some injuries. You may not feel injured after a collision, but you may wake up very sore and stiff a day or two later. A doctor’s assessment of your injuries will be crucial if you pursue an injury claim.
  • Report the Pedestrian Accident to Police—You are required to report the accident to a law enforcement agency if it involves an injury, fatality or damage of more than $1,000. If you are unable to call police, have someone else file a report if you are injured and unable to do so. A police report documents the parties involved and how a pedestrian accident occurred. The investigating officer may make a finding of who caused the accident. Ask the police how you can get a copy of the report and when it will be available.
  • Exchange Information—Get the names, driver’s license information and insurance policy information of the drivers involved in the pedestrian accident. Get the names of any witnesses to the collision. You should not discuss the details of the accident with the other drivers involved. You should not give a recorded statement to the driver’s insurance company until you have discussed the situation with a pedestrian accident attorney.
  • Understand Legal Options— You should schedule a free consultation with a Wisconsin pedestrian accident attorney. An attorney at Gruber Law Offices, LLC will review the specific details of your pedestrian accident and then discuss your legal options. If you have serious injuries from being struck by a moving vehicle, it is crucial to seek legal representation to protect your legal interests. You may have significant medical bills as a result of the accident and be unable to work.

 

Benefits of Hiring a Lawyer

Our experienced attorneys at Gruber Law Offices, LLC have handled pedestrian accident cases in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. We will:

  • Identify all potentially at-fault parties who may be liable for your injuries
  • Find all insurance policies that may be available to provide compensation for your losses, including the at-fault driver’s auto liability insurance and your own uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage
  • Obtain your medical records and consult with medical professionals about your present and future medical needs to estimate the amount that you should seek for medical bills
  • Present a settlement demand letter to the insurance company detailing your losses and demanding full compensation
  • Negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company or companies involved
  • Seek justice in court if the insurance company refuses to agree to a fair settlement.

Contact a Wisconsin Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today

Contact a Wisconsin Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident due to the negligence of another person, contact Gruber Law Offices, LLC for a free consultation with a Milwaukee pedestrian accident lawyer. Our experienced attorneys can help you receive compensation for the damages you have suffered. There is no fee unless we obtain compensation for you. We can meet you at a place that is convenient to you such as your place of work, hospital, home or at our conveniently located Milwaukee office.

Call 414-436-2484 to speak with an experienced Wisconsin pedestrian accident lawyer today. “ONE CALL… THAT’S ALL!”

Contact a Wisconsin Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today

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