ARKANSAS PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Motor Vehicle Accident Claims in AR
IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAVE SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURY, CONTACT OUR ATTORNEYS AT CADDELL REYNOLDS LAW FIRM FOR A FREE CONSULTATION. YOU OWE US NOTHING UNLESS WE RECOVER COMPENSATION ON YOUR BEHALF.
Safety Tips For Arkansas Pedestrians
- Be predictable – always look both ways before crossing a street and do not make risky decisions that could cause a potential accident.
- Remain visible – this becomes especially important at night. It can be difficult for drivers to see pedestrians, therefore, it can help if you wear clothing and gear that makes you more visible. We advise wearing bright, reflective gear if walking, jogging, or biking, especially at dawn and dusk hours.
- Utilize sidewalks when available – walking on the shoulder of a road can be dangerous so when sidewalks are available, use them.
- Do not get distracted – when walking, keep your head up at all times. Do not look down at your mobile device or do anything that will cause you to take your eyes off what’s ahead of you or around you.
Safety Tips For Motorists
- Do not drive distracted – don’t use your cell phone, eat, adjust the radio, or do anything that takes your focus off the task of driving. In doing so, you risk causing injury not only to yourself but to others on the road.
- Drive with caution – this becomes even more important when driving at night or driving in inclement weather. During bad weather, visibility is decreased and makes it harder to see pedestrians on the road. Drive slowly and cautiously to avoid an accident.
- Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks – pedestrians have the right-of-way at crosswalks and therefore it is important that you yield and allow them to cross the street safely.
If you have been seriously injured or if you have lost a loved one, call the experienced Arkansas pedestrian accident attorneys at Caddell Reynolds Law Firm for help.
Pedestrian Accident FAQ
- What do I need to do right after I’m hit by a car?
After being hit by a car as a pedestrian, you should call 911 if your injuries are severe. If they are not, then you should call the local sheriff’s office to have a squad car sent to the scene because all accidents involving a vehicle and a pedestrian should be reported. Next, you need information from the driver who hit you, including their ID and their insurance information. Collect any evidence you can from the scene, which will primarily be photographic evidence you can capture with your smartphone. Lastly, if you aren’t taken to the hospital via ambulatory care, then you should still go to urgent care as soon as possible for a checkup.
- What damages are recoverable in pedestrian accident cases?
Your damages in a pedestrian accident case will be reflective of how you have been financially, physically, and emotionally impacted by the accident. You can probably sue for damages that help pay for medical costs and lost wages, including those that have been incurred and those that will be in the future. Pain and suffering damage – a common form of non-economic damage – could also add value to your claim.
- I wasn’t in a crosswalk — do I still have a case?
Yes, you probably still have a credible pedestrian accident case, even if you were hit outside of a crosswalk. Although your liability could be increased if you are found to have been jaywalking or if you suddenly entered the road without checking for approaching vehicles, it does not automatically disqualify you from filing a claim. It is worth noting that crossing the street without a crosswalk does not always constitute jaywalking. Also, drivers always need to make an attempt to yield the right-of-way and prevent a pedestrian accident if doing so would not cause another accident.
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