Pedestrian Struck by Car, Injured on Biloxi Bay Bridge
A recent accident in Ocean Springs, MS highlights the dangers that pedestrians face when walking along roadways and on sidewalks, even when the walkways are closed to vehicle traffic. On Sunday, May 7, 2017, a motorist struck a woman who was walking along the Biloxi Bay Bridge, according to a report issued by ABC WLOX News. A drunk driver actually drove the entire length of the bridge on the pedestrian path before striking the victim, who was taken to Ocean Springs Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Car accidents involving pedestrians are more common than you think and, when they do occur, the victim may suffer severe injuries because there isn’t the same protection as compared to a vehicle-to-vehicle incident. If you’ve sustained injuries as a pedestrian, you need strong representation from an auto accident lawyer.
Responsibilities of Pedestrians
A person in the vicinity of a roadway does have to abide by certain traffic laws, even when not operating a vehicle. As a pedestrian, your legal obligations include:
- Remaining on the sidewalk, if one exists, and staying on the shoulder where there is no pedestrian path;
- Obeying “Walk” and “Don’t Walk” signs, or walking with the green light when these signs aren’t installed;
- Keeping a lookout for traffic, even when you have right-of-way; and,
- Being aware of your surroundings and using common sense to avoid harm.
Pedestrian Comparative Negligence
Mississippi applies the rule of comparative negligence in personal injury cases, allowing an injured victim to recover compensation – even if he or she was somewhat at fault. However, a jury may still consider the conduct of the plaintiff when making an award for damages. That means your compensation may be reduced by the amount of fault attributable to your actions. For instance, comparative negligence may impact your case if you walked against the walk signs or traffic lights, or if you strayed outside a crosswalk or sidewalk.
Common Pedestrian Accident Scenarios
In the case involving the pedestrian struck on the Biloxi Bay Bridge, negligence is clear. The driver was driving her car on the pedestrian walkway of the bridge and not on the roadway. Other common scenarios where negligence of the driver is often obvious may include:
- Failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk;
- Drunk driving; and,
- Distracted driving, such as texting, using a cell phone, eating, or drinking.
Biloxi Attorneys Fighting for Pedestrian Rights in an Accident
Even pedestrians injured by drivers of vehicles have rights to recover compensation for their losses. Often, the key to your claim is whether you were negligent in some way, because your own conduct could impact the amount of compensation you may receive. Pushy insurance companies and defense attorneys will do everything they can to reduce your compensation based upon comparative negligence, so you need an experienced auto accident attorney to fight for your rights. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy Guice in Biloxi, MS have represented many clients injured in car crashes, including pedestrians. Please contact our law offices today to schedule a free initial consultation.