Are Pedestrians Ever at Fault in an Accident?

Even if you are partially to blame, you may still be entitled to compensation for pedestrian accidents in Albuquerque.

In collisions involving pedestrians, the injuries sustained are often severe. In some cases, it is clearly obvious that the reckless and negligent actions of an at-fault driver are to blame. In others, the pedestrian may share responsibility for the accident and his or her own injuries. In either situation, the Law Offices of Edward Chavez, Jr. can provide the trusted legal guidance and professional representation you need to get compensation for your injuries.

Laws Governing Pedestrians

Motor vehicle laws create order and decrease the odds that car accidents and injuries will occur. The same is true when it comes to pedestrian accidents. Under Section 66-7-333 of the New Mexico Statutes, pedestrians are subject to traffic safety regulations which are designed to protect them and others on the road. These include:

In addition to these rules, there are other safety precautions pedestrians should follow to protect their own personal safety. These include not wearing dark colors at night, distractions such as talking on cell phones or listening to music or walking under the influence of alcohol.

Compensation for Pedestrian Accidents in Which You are to Blame

Your actions as a pedestrian play a significant role in protecting your safety. While reckless driving behaviors such as speeding or running red lights is often associated with pedestrian accidents, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (DOT) advises that there are a significant number of cases in which pedestrians themselves are to blame.

Traffic crash reports indicate that pedestrian errors are responsible for more than 25% of all pedestrian accidents that happen in the state. The most common is walking under the influence, which is a factor in nearly 90% of cases. However, despite engaging in potentially risky behavior, you may still be entitled to compensation for pedestrian accident injuries.

Motorists are required to maintain control of their vehicles at all times. They can be held accountable for a portion of the medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses you suffer as a result in a pedestrian accident claim, even if you were partly responsible.

Get Albuquerque Pedestrian Accident Attorney Ed Chavez, Jr. on Your Side

It is not uncommon for at fault drivers and their insurers to blame pedestrians for accidents as a way of avoiding paying out on claims. In this situation, you need an experienced Albuquerque pedestrian accident attorney on your side. Before speaking with insurance representatives or settling for less than what you are entitled to, speak to the Law Offices of Edward Chavez, Jr. first. Call or contact Ed’s office online and request a consultation today.