Tupelo Pedestrian Accidents
Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyers Serving the Tupelo Area
Walking is not only a great exercise of choice for many, but it is also a necessity for some people who cannot drive or do not own a vehicle to get them from one place to another. Since pedestrians utilize the same roadways as motorists, pedestrians must be cautious of cars and drivers must be on the constant lookout for pedestrians. If you are a pedestrian who has been injured in an auto accident, call our Tupelo pedestrian accident attorneys today. Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz has a skilled legal team of more than 30 attorneys and 100 staff members, and we have multiple offices in Mississippi to serve your legal needs. Our law firm has handled car accident cases for more than 30 years. We have recovered more than $1.5 billion in compensation for injured parties.
Tupelo Pedestrian Crashes
The average mid-size car or SUV weighs approximately 3,500 pounds. The average American man weighs approximately 195 pounds, and the average American woman weighs an estimated 166 pounds. Because of the great disparity between the weight and size of vehicles and people, pedestrian accidents often result in serious or debilitating injuries, especially when higher speeds are involved. In fact, research shows that there is a high probability of permanent injury or death if a pedestrian is struck by a car going at least 40 miles per hour.
Comparative Fault in a Pedestrian Accident
The pedestrian always has the right of way, correct? This old adage is not always true. While pedestrians do have the right of way in a crosswalk or school zone, this does not mean that the pedestrian always has the right of way or that the pedestrian cannot be deemed to be at least partially at fault for a collision with a motor vehicle.
What happens if a pedestrian jaywalks or crosses the street when a “Do Not Walk” command is present on the traffic signal? What if the motorist is also speeding at the time of the collision? The state of Mississippi follows a pure comparative negligence rule, meaning that an injured pedestrian can recover from a motorist even if the pedestrian is deemed to be at least partially responsible. One way that an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer in Tupelo can effectively represent you is by understanding how to gather evidence needed to support your claim. For example, if a witness saw the crash and told the responding police officer that the driver was at fault, your attorney can reach out to that witness and confirm that version of events. By successfully proving that the driver was negligent, you may be able to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering caused by the impact.
Discuss Your Pedestrian Accident Case with a Tupelo Attorney
If you are a pedestrian who has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should immediately consult with a Tupelo pedestrian accident lawyer to discuss your legal rights. The statute of limitation for a car accident case in Mississippi is usually three years from the date of the incident, but there are certain exceptions to the law. This is why it is important to consult with legal representation early in the process so that your legal rights remain protected. If you need assistance with a car crash case, do not hesitate to call our office. Contact us toll-free at 800-529-4004 for a free consultation today, or fill out our online form for more information about our firm and how we can serve yo