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If you've been involved in a pedestrian accident, you know how serious these accidents can be. Many pedestrian accidents leave victims with permanent injuries, emotional trauma, and hefty medical bills. Unfortunately, these accidents are all too common in Connecticut.
In 2021, Connecticut introduced a new set of laws that seeks to lessen pedestrian accidents and keep pedestrians safer on the road. Read on to learn more about these laws and how you can prevent pedestrian accidents. Then contact our qualified pedestrian accident lawyers for a free consultation.
In October 2021, Connecticut introduced two new laws that attempt to prevent pedestrian accidents. These laws involve yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks and opening vehicle doors.
The first new law broadens the circumstances in which drivers must yield to pedestrians at crosswalks. Before this law, drivers only needed to yield to pedestrians who were currently in the crosswalk or stepping off the curb into the crosswalk. Now, drivers must also yield to pedestrians who are:
Drivers who disobey these laws can receive a $500 fine.
Additionally, this new law prohibits drivers from opening their doors in moving traffic and leaving doors open longer than necessary to unload passengers. Moving traffic can include:
Pedestrian accidents can occur due to numerous circumstances. Often, these accidents occur when a driver is unaware of their proximity to a pedestrian, or a pedestrian is unaware of moving vehicles.
Here are a few of the most common types of pedestrian accidents:
Our pedestrian accident attorneys have seen accidents happen from all of these scenarios and more.
Pedestrians and drivers can both be liable for pedestrian accidents.
Pedestrians only have the right of way on roads in specific circumstances, such as at the curb near a crosswalk or within a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Outside of these circumstances, they may be at fault for entering the path of moving traffic.
However, drivers also have a responsibility to watch out for pedestrians in parking lots. Additionally, if a pedestrian has entered a roadway and a driver has sufficient time to slow down or stop and fails to, they may be partially liable for the accident.
Pedestrian accident liability can be complex and messy. If you were a victim in a pedestrian accident, you need a qualified pedestrian accidents lawyer on your side to help you navigate this complicated case.
Following traffic laws isn't always enough to prevent pedestrian accidents. As a driver, you must be vigilant at any point a pedestrian could enter the roadway. Likewise, as a pedestrian, you must ensure that all drivers notice your presence before entering moving traffic.
Here are a few tips from a pedestrian accident lawyer to avoid pedestrian accidents as a driver:
Additionally, here are a few ways pedestrians can avoid accidents:
At The Doctor Lawyer Team, we know how devastating pedestrian accidents can be. Our pedestrian injury attorney team combines legal and medical expertise to help pedestrian accident victims claim adequate compensation and move forward from their injuries.
Contact our pedestrian accidents lawyer team today at (833) DLT-WINS; (833) 358-9467, or fill out our online form, to request a free case evaluation. If we represent you, you won't pay a fee unless we recover compensation for you.
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