You may be eligible to file a lawsuit if you get hit by a vehicle because of the city’s negligence to put up proper signs.
Walking is a fairly safe form of transportation. Anyone expects that he/she will be safe when one is out walking – whether it’s just strolling around for leisure or going to work or to school – but sometimes, pedestrian accidents still happen involving vehicles which can result in crippling injuries or even deaths, in some unfortunate cases.
The driver may be at fault in accidents between automobiles and pedestrians – if he/she wasn’t paying enough attention or is simply being negligent – but in some situations, it may not have been entirely the driver’s fault. If a governmental entity, a city, county or town, failed to maintain or properly design a road, then they could be liable for pedestrian accidents. Common examples are:
Statistics show that in an average year, there are approximately six thousand (6,000) deaths in vehicular accidents and more than one hundred thousand (> 100,000) pedestrians falling victims to injuries involving cars and other vehicles. These accidents still happen given that pedestrians have the right of way, in most places. A lot of other things might be the reason for this kind of accident like drunk driving, lack of attention, poorly-lit intersections, bad signs, and more.
- broken pavement
- dark street or lack of proper street lighting
- lack of signage
- poorly design crosswalk
- broken traffic light
At least some responsibility and accountability for pedestrian accidents can be held by the government.
An example of this situation would be a housing complex with children near a busy road having a speed limit of 45. Given that many kids live in this housing complex, the city is aware that these kids cross that busy road, especially during school days. The city may be at fault if a child is hit by a car while crossing that road mainly for the reason that it should have implemented safety or preventive measures for people using that road regularly, including children. A stop sign should have been installed, a crosswalk should have been built, a lower speed limit should have been implemented and a warning sign should have been put up to warn drivers on that part of the road where pedestrians regularly cross. Sure, the driver may also have some responsibility for pedestrian accidents in this situation, but the city could also be sued for its failure to keep its constituents safe.
Suing a government often requires a special process with different time limits and rules compared to suing a private individual or business, that’s why it is imperative to hire a professional and experienced pedestrian accident attorney when injured in an accident that falls under this.
Find a law firm that has a very high success rate and has helped thousands of people. Some have dedicated teams for this type of situation where all potential avenues for recovery and compensation are pursued aggressively, including suing a town, city, municipality or county for negligence in maintaining a roadway for pedestrian safety.