Pedestrian Accidents

Salt Lake City Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

Pedestrian Accidents in Utah

Although pedestrian accidents make up only a small percentage of the total number of traffic accidents in Utah each year, they have a disproportionately high rate of catastrophic injury and death. Pedestrians have no protection when they are struck by large, heavy, fast-moving vehicles, and the consequences of these accidents are often devastating.

If you were injured or if someone you love was tragically killed in a pedestrian-vehicle accident, we at Steele Adams Hosman want to help. Based in Salt Lake City, our pedestrian accident attorneys represent clients throughout Salt Lake County and the entire state of Utah. We have more than 35 years of combined experience and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Most importantly, we are committed to fighting for the justice you and your family deserve.

Contact us online or reach us by phone at (801) 999-1506 today. Your initial consultation is free, and we do not collect any attorney fees unless we win your case!

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Regardless of the speed at which the collision occurs or whether the driver tries to brake or swerve, pedestrian accidents frequently result in severe bodily injury. A person on foot is simply no match for a multi-ton motor vehicle, meaning these collisions often result in permanent, life-altering consequences.

Some of the most common pedestrian accident injuries include:

  • Head and facial injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones/fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Partial or total paralysis
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Accidental amputation
  • Friction burns (“road rash”)
  • Dislocation (shoulders, knees, etc.)
  • Internal bleeding
  • Soft tissue and organ damage

In many cases, pedestrians require immediate medical attention, including hospitalization. Depending on the severity of the victim’s injuries, the recovery process may take weeks, months, or even years. In some cases, victims may never fully recover from their injuries.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?

Most pedestrian accidents result from the carelessness, recklessness, and negligence of drivers.

Some examples include:

  • Speeding
  • Texting while driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Fatigued driving
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Failing to check for pedestrians before turning
  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Passing a vehicle that has stopped for a pedestrian
  • Driving recklessly or aggressively
  • Driving too fast for current conditions

Although pedestrian accidents are generally covered by Utah’s no-fault system, meaning you do not necessarily need to prove that the driver was at fault for the accident to file a claim and receive compensation for your damages, establishing fault is critical if you wish to go outside the no-fault system. Many pedestrian accidents result in medical expenses exceeding $3,000 and/or severe injuries that lead to permanent disability, disfigurement, dismemberment, or impairment. When this is the case, the injured party may file a third-party personal injury claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company or bring a lawsuit directly against the liable party.

Is the Driver Always at Fault for a Pedestrian Accident?

Utah law states that drivers should always yield to pedestrians whenever it is safe and reasonably possible to do so. However, pedestrians also have certain responsibilities when it comes to sharing the road with motorists, bicyclists, and others. Specifically, pedestrians must obey all traffic control devices, such as red lights or “do not walk” signals, and they should avoid crossing anywhere other than marked or unmarked crosswalks. Pedestrians are also prohibited from suddenly stepping out from a place of safety, such as a sidewalk, and into oncoming traffic when vehicles cannot reasonably yield.

Because both motorists and pedestrians have certain rights and responsibilities, it is possible for both parties to share some of the fault for an accident. When this is the case, Utah’s modified comparative negligence rule comes into play. Under this rule, an injured party can still seek compensation for damages if they were partly to blame as long as they were less than 50% at fault. Additionally, the injured party’s total recovery will be reduced by their percentage of fault.

For example, say a pedestrian was hit by someone who was texting and driving, but the pedestrian was crossing a busy street between two adjacent intersections with crosswalks and working traffic signals (also known as “jaywalking). In this instance, the court might find the pedestrian 30% to blame. As a result, their damage award would be reduced by 30%, and they would only be able to receive up to 70% of the total amount.

What to Do If You Were Injured in a Hit & Run

Although the law requires all motorists to stop and provide reasonable aid after an accident, some drivers flee the scene. Whether they do so out of fear, because they are drunk, or simply because they panic, there is no excuse for committing a hit-and-run.

If you were injured in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident, you are likely facing a number of physical, emotional, and financial challenges. The good news is that you may have several options when it comes to collecting compensation for your damages. First, if you have not done so already, contact the police and file an official accident report. If local law enforcement is able to identify and locate the hit-and-run driver, you may be able to file a third-party claim or lawsuit against them.

Even if the police cannot find the hit-and-run driver, however, you may still be able to recover compensation. If you have auto insurance, your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage can provide some relief. Additionally, if you have uninsured motorist (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage, some or all of your damages may be covered.

How an Attorney Can Help

If you or someone you love was involved in a pedestrian accident in Salt Lake City or the nearby areas, it is important that you work with an experienced personal injury lawyer. These tend to be complicated, high-value cases, and insurance companies often try to dispute or deny pedestrian accident claims. When you put an attorney on your side, you increase the likelihood of securing maximum compensation for your losses.

At Steele Adams Hosman, our Salt Lake City pedestrian accident attorneys offer compassionate, individualized legal representation for clients located throughout Utah. When you choose our firm, your attorney will be personally involved in your case from start to finish. We offer consistent communication and tireless advocacy, both in and out of the courtroom.

Get started with a free consultation today; call (801) 999-1506 or contact us online using our free and secure contact form.

Let Our Firm Fight For You

At Steele Adams Hosman, we are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. Call our team today for a free consultation with one of our attorneys. There is no fee unless we win your case!

Millions Recovered For Our Clients

Let Us Fight For the Recovery You Deserve
  • Jury Trial $2.8 Million

    Trial verdict in excess of $2.8 Million.

  • Motion for Summary Judgment $800,000

    Judgment for $800,000.

  • Medical Malpractice $775,000

    Our attorneys tripled the initial offer in this case.

  • Motor Vehicle Crash $300,000

    Settlement for our client that was injured in a motor vehicle accident.

  • Motor Vehicle Crash $97,000

    Jury verdict in minor impact soft tissue case.

  • Motor Vehicle Crash Confidential Settlement

    Settlement for our client that was 10x the initial offer.

  • Motor Vehicle Crash Confidential Settlement

    Our attorneys were able to settle this case for 25 times the initial offer.

  • Motor Vehicle Crash Confidential Settlement

    Our team settled this case for 4x the insurance policy limits.

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