Hit by a car or truck? You should know your rights

When you enter a crosswalk and have a WALK signal, you're in the right. You have the right of way and should not have to worry about being struck. Vehicles approaching should slow and stop, and drivers shouldn't continue on until they see that you've safely crossed the road.

Unfortunately, that is not always how it works. Sometimes, drivers aren't paying attention. They may make a turn and cross into your path. They might start driving before you're totally out of the way. Some may not stop at all.

When you're hit in a crosswalk, it's important that you know your legal rights. As a pedestrian, you can pursue a claim against the driver who struck you. If they struck you as they approached a red light, then it's clear that they should have slowed down and waited for you to cross safely.

Drivers hit pedestrians for many reasons, from being distracted by a phone call or text to speeding and being unable to stop in time for a red light. They may not intend to cause a crash, but the reality is that the pedestrian may be hit and could suffer from severe injuries as a result. Some pedestrian crashes could be fatal, depending on the speed at which the vehicle is traveling at the time of the impact.

As a pedestrian who has been hurt, you deserve an opportunity to make a claim and seek fair compensation for your injuries. You may need medical care now and in the future, so it's important to get that financial support.

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