“CNN, in conjunction with Governors Highway Safety Association, reports that 2018 was projected to have been the deadliest for pedestrians in the United States since the 1990s.”
Most Common Places Pedestrian Accidents Occur
Whether we are outside walking, standing, or riding a bike, all of us are pedestrians at some point during each day. As pedestrians, we are more vulnerable and susceptible to some of the gravest dangers on the road. And unfortunately, injuries involving pedestrians are often devastating.
Here are BWP, we understand that traumatic injuries can have a profound effect on one’s family. If you or a family member were a pedestrian injured by a car, truck, or motorcycle, call Buckley Wynne & Parese today. We endeavor to use all of our attention and resources towards helping you and your family get back on your feet.
U.S. Department of Transportation: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts
- In 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed, a 1.7% decrease from 2016
- In 2016, more than two-thirds of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes were males
- The most pedestrian fatalities occur between 6 and 9 in the evening
Watch for Me CT
In order to reduce the number of pedestrians, including bicyclists, hit and injured by vehicles in Connecticut, the CT Department of Transportation and the CT Children’s Injury Prevention Center have partnered to develop the program, Watch for Me CT. This campaign realizes that the public can help to alleviate the 2,000+ pedestrians hit by a car in Connecticut each year. Watch for Me CT has compiled the following research:
- Pedestrian crashes are more likely to occur on a weekday as opposed to a weekend
- Pedestrian accidents are more common in the Fall and Winter than in the Spring and Summer
- More than half of accidents involving bicyclists occur in late Spring and Summer (May through September)
For more information on Watch For Me CT, please visit their website www.watchformect.org
Pedestrian Laws in the State of Connecticut
Connecticut is one of 41 states in which it is required for drivers to yield to pedestrians. And since 1929, pedestrians, by law, have had the right of way at crosswalks. Here are some rules to be mindful of:
- Should a pedestrian step to a curb, enter a crosswalk or have already started to cross, a driver must yield to him or her
- Each intersection in Connecticut is considered to have a crosswalk, regardless of whether it is marked
- Pedestrians have the right of way over turning traffic
- Pedestrians are required to use marked or unmarked crosswalks when they are provided. Pedestrians must yield to drivers when he or she is not using a crosswalk
- Pedestrians should use sidewalks when they are available. In such cases where they are not, pedestrians should walk in the opposite direction of traffic
- A driver who fails to yield to a school’s crossing guard can be fined $450 for its first offense
Buckley Wynne & Parese Can Help
The losses from injuries and damages sustained in accidents involving pedestrians are often catastrophic. It is imperative that you contact us as soon as possible. Below are some areas in which we can help you and your family recover.
- Medical and Financial Costs and Burdens
- Lost Wages and Impaired Earnings
- Non-Economic Damages which includes pain and anguish and mental suffering
- Recovery and Replacement of Property Damage
- Out of Pocket or Miscellaneous Expenses
Contact Buckley Wynne & Parese Today
If you or a loved one has been a pedestrian injured in an accident, call us today. We understand that the financial and emotional ramifications of pedestrian-involved accidents can be overwhelming. Our attorneys are fully dedicated to assisting you and your family during this difficult time. Call us today at 1-800-445-2278 to schedule a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Your legal fees are paid on a contingency fee basis unless otherwise specified. That means that we are not paid unless we recover compensation for you.
Once it is safe to do so, you should attempt to document the entire situation by taking photographs and careful notes. Having notes to remind you of all the details of what happened, and what you went through, is far easier and far more accurate than relying on your memory.
Write things down as soon as you can: begin with what you were doing and where you were going, the people you were with, the time and the weather. Include every detail of what you saw, heard and felt. Be sure to add anything you remember hearing anyone — a person involved in the accident or a witness — say about the accident.
Finally, make daily notes of the effects of your injuries. You may suffer pain, discomfort, anxiety, loss of sleep or other problems you are experiencing. These notes can be very useful two or six or ten months later, when you put together all the important facts into a final demand for compensation.
*For more information on your rights and responsibilities after an accident, see: Motor Vehicle Rights and Responsibilities.
Figuring out who is at fault in a traffic accident is a matter of deciding who was careless. For vehicle accidents, there is a set of official written rules telling people how they are supposed to drive and providing guidelines by which liability may be measured. These rules of the road are the traffic laws everyone must follow.
Sometimes a violation of one of these traffic rules is obvious and was clearly the cause of an accident — for example, when one driver runs a stop sign and crashes into another. In other situations, whether or not there was a violation will be less obvious. A common example is a crash that occurs when drivers merge into a single lane of traffic.
Sometimes, the ultimate determination of who should be responsible is left up to the fact finder or jury.
The law in Connecticut requires that you initially pay for your medical treatment. It is a common misconception that the at-fault driver will pay for your medical treatment. This often leads to frustration. We will do everything we can to help you manage your options, but please note: we are not allowed by law to pay your medical bills. If you had medical treatment (e.g. ambulance, hospital evaluation) and have no insurance or ability to pay for that treatment, the provider may send the bill to collection. While we may send letters to medical providers offering to protect their bills, many providers will not agree to such an arrangement (see discussion below). Unfortunately, we cannot stop a collection action or pay your bills. If you are receiving collection letters or outstanding bills, please contact us to discuss your options in more detail.
There are essentially five ways for your medical bills to be paid and there often is priority under the law. Therefore, be sure we are aware of any and all of the following:
If you were on the job at the time of the incident.
Medical payments (“Med Pay”) coverage on your auto policy
If you have Med Pay coverage on your auto policy, or you were a passenger in a car that had Med Pay coverage, you should use this coverage to pay your bills, even if you have health insurance. Med Pay will pay up to its limits, after which point your bills should be paid through one of the three remaining sources.
Health Insurance & Medicare/Medicaid
Generally, your health insurance will not cover your accident related bills unless and until you can prove that you do not have Med Pay. We will help you secure a “No Med Pay Letter” when appropriate.
Letter of Protection
Under certain circumstances, when someone else caused an accident, and you do not have Med Pay or health insurance, some doctors will accept a Letter of Protection from our office. This obligates our office to reimburse your doctor from the proceeds of your lawsuit settlement or judgment. Because payment is not guaranteed and will be delayed until the resolution of the case, many doctors will not agree to do this.
The final way to pay your medical bills is out-of-pocket. Please be sure to keep track of everything you have paid. All reasonable and necessary out-of-pocket losses should be recorded and provided to us.
Ideally, the at-fault party’s insurance company will pay for repairing your vehicle. Sometimes, liability is not accepted, however, and it is easier and quicker to pursue a damage claim under your own insurance coverage.
Yes. In Connecticut, you are entitled to Loss of Use, which includes either a rental vehicle or the value of a comparable rental vehicle. For more on your rights, see Motor Vehicle Rights and Responsibilities.
You can pursue an uninsured or underinsured motorist (“UM” or “UIM”) claim under your own auto insurance policy. This insurance coverage applies if you have been hit by an uninsured driver or where the coverage of the at-fault driver is insufficient to pay for your damages. “UM” and “UIM” coverage is mandated by law. You should consult with an attorney before filing a claim.
The accident was my fault-
When you caused the accident, you are responsible for repairing your own vehicle and the other vehicle that you damaged. Assuming you are insured, your company will pay for the damages to the other vehicle up to your policy limits. If you have “collision coverage” under your policy, you will also be covered for repairs to your vehicle up to the amount of your coverage. You will likely have a deductible of $500 or $1,000. You should not have to pay more than your deductible if you have full collision coverage. When you caused the accident, your right to a rental car is subject to the terms of your insurance policy. If you purchased rental reimbursement coverage, you will be covered for a rental car. Most insurers can set up direct billing with the rental car company. Check with your insurance company or insurance agent regarding your coverage.
The accident was not my fault-
If someone else caused the accident, that person’s insurance company (if the other person is insured) should pay for the cost of repairs. You should not have to pay for anything. You are entitled to take the vehicle to a repair shop of your choice for repairs. If you were injured, you should consult with an attorney before communicating with the at-fault driver’s insurance company about repairs. If the other person was not insured but was at fault, you should use your own insurance. Your company will later undertake efforts to get its money back through a process known as subrogation.
“OEM” parts are new parts made by the original manufacturer of your vehicle. “Aftermarket” parts are new parts that are not manufactured by the Original Equipment Manufacturer. “Recycled” parts, sometimes referred to as salvage, reconditioned or used parts, are frequently obtained from auto recyclers or junkyards and can be either OEM or non-OEM parts. “Recycled” or “Non-OEM” parts may be used for repair work, but you should be notified of that fact in the repair estimate. Independent repairers often argue against the use of certain recycled and aftermarket parts on the grounds that they are not as dependable or safe as OEM parts. Make sure to talk to your repairer about whether recycled or aftermarket parts are being used and how they could affect the safety of your repair.
After your insurance company pays for your repairs, it will likely seek reimbursement through a process known as “subrogation”. In a subrogation claim, the insurance company essentially steps into your shoes and brings a claim against the other driver in an effort to get its money back. If successful, your insurance company will be reimbursed and you should also be reimbursed for your deductible. In some accidents, fault is uncertain. In other words, both parties may share in the responsibility. Thus, it may be found that one party is 80% responsible and the other is 20% responsible. If this happens, damages will be apportioned accordingly. If you paid for your own damages and rental car because you had no collision coverage, you may wish to bring a claim against the at fault party for reimbursement. For more information on this process, consult with an attorney.
There is no hard and fast rule regarding premium calculations. In general, if you cause your insurance company to make payment on your behalf because of an accident you were responsible for causing, there is a chance your rates will go up. If, on the other hand, your insurance company has to pay you on your policy because of the other party’s negligence (i.e. Med-Pay claim or UM/UIM), your rates will not likely go up. For specific guidance regarding your policy, contact your insurance agent or representative.
As soon as practical, you should call your insurance company and report the accident. You should do this regardless of who was at fault. An agent will likely ask you about what happened, damages to the vehicles and personal injuries. As part of your insurance contract, you have a duty to cooperate with your insurance company. If you do not cooperate with the reasonable demands of your insurance company, you risk denial of coverage. You have no duty or obligation, however, to speak to the other driver’s insurance company. The other party’s insurance agent may ask you to give a recorded statement. You should not agree to do this without first speaking to an attorney.
Blogs Related to Pedestrian Accidents
John Wynne & John Buckley recognized in 2020 U.S. News & World Report "Best Lawyers" Rankings
Posted on Jul 8, 2020
In the annual “Best Law Firms” rankings, released by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, John Wynne and John Buckley, senior partners of Buckley Wynne & Parese, have both been recognized with "Best Lawyers" rankings in the Personal Injury law category.
Re: A Message to Our Clients
Posted on Apr 11, 2020
We hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Here at BWP, we are working within the challenges of COVID-19 and maintaining a fully operational office. Our attorneys and staff are working remotely and in the office on a rotating basis. We are available 24/7.
Challenges of COVID-19 will not stop BWP from connecting with and advocating on behalf of our clients
Posted on Mar 25, 2020
On behalf of the entire BWP team, we hope this finds you well and healthy. The safety of so many, including especially our elderly and infirm, hinges on our collective ability to adhere to the experts’ recommendations on social distancing and hygiene.