Pedestrian accidents are a frequent type of personal injury accidents.
Fault can normally be proven, if you were knocked down when
- You had the “Walk” signal
- And were walking within the bounds of the cross-walk
The driver’s fault can be reduced or denied altogether, if you entered the cross-walk after the “Do Not Walk” signal, or cut across outside the bounds of the cross-walk. Avoid the temptation to cut corners.
It is important to secure witness names and telephone numbers to prove the car driver’s fault. Don’t rely on the police, to provide you with witness contact information, as they are not permitted to do so, and be sure to obtain the witness telephone numbers yourself.
Liability assessment can also affected by such considerations as absence of reflective clothing or dark clothing at night. If you do plan to walk after dark, it is advisable, but not mandatory to wear light or reflective clothing.