Alabama has a pedestrian fatality rate of 2.51 per 100,000 population – a rate that’s higher than the U.S. average by 0.59. Increased vehicle speeds and a greater number of distracted drivers on the roads has resulted in higher numbers of pedestrian collisions year by year in Alabama. If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian collision, contact a lawyer to find out if you’re eligible for compensation. Long & Long can represent you or your family after a pedestrian accident results in personal injuries or wrongful death in Mobile.
Why Do Pedestrian Collisions Happen?
Alabama’s pedestrian death rate is the eighth-highest in the nation. Despite efforts from the Alabama Department of Transportation to increase vulnerable road user safety, the state’s fatality rate increased by 7.3% from 2016 to 2017. Alabama is such a hot spot for pedestrian collisions for a variety of reasons, including distracted drivers, lack of education about the issue, and dangerous roadway infrastructures. The following are common ways in which pedestrian accidents happen in Mobile:
- Intersection collisions. Intersections often have high rates of pedestrian collisions, as they are where vehicles and people must cross paths. The deadliest intersection in Alabama in terms of accidents is in Birmingham, at University Boulevard and 28th Street. It is every driver’s duty to obey traffic rules and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians when applicable.
- Left-hand turn accidents. Drivers making left-hand turns onto roads or at intersections can cause pedestrian accidents by failing to yield the right-of-way. Turning without watching or stopping for bicyclists and pedestrians while making a left-hand turn on a green light is a serious act of negligence that could result in driver liability for injuries.
- Drunk or reckless driving. Negligently failing to yield is one thing; driving under the influence, speeding, or recklessly breaking rules is another. If a driver crashes into a pedestrian because of a wanton disregard for the safety of others or out of gross negligence, he or she could face criminal penalties as well as civil consequences.
The main reason pedestrians suffer serious injuries in vehicular collisions is the negligence of motorists. Driver negligence and carelessness behind the wheel can cause serious pedestrian harms, including broken bones, lacerations, head and brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. If you or a family member in Mobile has suffered any type of injury in a pedestrian accident, contact our law firm today.
Your Rights as an Injured Pedestrian in Mobile
As is the case in most states, you have the power to pursue financial compensation from the at-fault driver and/or other party after a pedestrian accident in Alabama. Alabama is a fault (or “tort”) insurance state, meaning injured victims will file insurance claims with the at-fault party’s insurer. Protect your rights by not admitting fault and by reporting your accident to Mobile police right away. Requesting immediate medical care for injuries can also help strengthen your case. The more information you can gather to prove the driver’s fault for your accident, the better your odds will be of securing compensation. Contacting an attorney as soon as possible after a pedestrian accident can help you with the investigative process. The lawyers at Long & Long have the resources to hire experts and look into your case for signs of the other party’s negligence. We can also help you file your claim within the state’s strict deadline. With legal representation from Long & Long, you could potentially recover the costs of your medical bills, past and future pain and suffering, emotional distress, rehabilitative therapies, lost wages, property damage, and other harms. We aren’t afraid to go up against drivers’ insurance companies in pursuit of recovery, or taking your claim to court if necessary for just compensation. Call (251) 432-2277 or contact us online today for a free consultation.