Pedestrians struck by vehicles on crosswalks can suffer serious injuries and even death. Unfortunately, it is not that uncommon for crosswalk accidents to occur in Michigan and throughout other states. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a crosswalk accident, do not delay in reaching out to a skilled Michigan pedestrian accident attorney. At Davis Law Center, our skilled injury attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve for your harm. You can rest assured that we will thoroughly examine the facts of your case and come up with a legal strategy accordingly.
MCL 257.10(b) defines a crosswalk as any designated area for a pedestrian crossing. This broad definition is likely intended to cover a wide range of situations. As a result, drivers must be vigilant behind the wheel in order not to injure or kill pedestrians while driving.
Under MCL 257.612, vehicular traffic shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and bicyclists who are lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection. Michigan case law also supports the rights of individuals walking through a crosswalk safely. In Guina v. Harrod, the court held that motorists are required to anticipate the presence of pedestrians at street crossings, and, in the event they cannot see if the crossing is clear, they must drive in a manner that is consistent with how a reasonably prudent person would drive. In other words, motorists should anticipate crosswalks and proceed with caution around them because they should be aware that pedestrians may be in the area, and it may not be easy to see a pedestrian from a distance.
Pedestrians hurt in crosswalk accidents often suffer serious and long-term injuries that can be extremely costly to treat. As a result, Michigan law allows individuals to recover damages for their harm. Damages refer to the compensation awarded to an individual for a loss or injury. Plaintiffs typically recover damages for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost income and benefits, property damage, and any other losses arising from the accident. If you have lost a loved one in a crosswalk accident, you may be able to pursue wrongful death damages, such as funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship, compensation for conscious pain and suffering and more. If you have lost a loved one in a crosswalk accident, we can help you file a wrongful death claim.
Crosswalk accidents can lead to serious and even permanent injuries. In the most severe cases, these accidents can lead to death. If you or your loved one has suffered harm in a crosswalk accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help. At Davis Law Center, our seasoned Michigan pedestrian accident lawyers understand the nuances of this area of law and can advocate for your rights throughout the entire legal process. Time is of the essence in these cases, so it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible following an accident.