Those who live in Albuquerque may prefer to walk as their method of transportation. The city has plenty of places within walking distance. You don’t have to go far to find a restaurant or shopping, and some may walk to their place of work. Pedestrians may follow all the rules of walking in a city like crossing at crosswalks and waiting for the walk traffic signal before they cross the road. But when reckless drivers are involved, they can strike pedestrians and cause severe injuries and sometimes death. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in an accident, you need the help of the Albuquerque pedestrian accident lawyers from Buckingham Barrera Law Firm.
When you’re filing a personal injury claim, there are many factors you may not know about that could affect your outcome. Our experienced attorneys will review your case and fight for you to get the compensation you deserve. It’s our job to help you move through the legal process and we’ll do everything possible to get you results whether it’s through settlement or jury verdict.
How Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen?
You’ll need to know how the other person acted negligently for your claim. Your lawyers will look into your case to determine how the other party acted negligently. Returning to the scene of the accident, speaking with eyewitnesses, consulting with accident reconstructionist specialists, along with analyzing the police report and your medical records will give us a clear idea of what happened and why. Some of the common reasons pedestrian accidents happen include:
- Failure to Stop. If a car is approaching a stop sign or a red light, they may not see another car and be tempted to roll through the sign or turn right on red. However, a pedestrian could see the car has a traffic sign telling them to stop, start to cross the road, and the driver could collide with them.
- Speeding. People tend to speed when they’re in a rush or because they’re not paying attention to how fast they’re going. This also means they’ll need more time to bring their car to a complete stop. A speeding driver may see a pedestrian at the last second and not have enough time to slow down the car to a stop or maneuver the vehicle, so it doesn’t hit the pedestrian.
- Failing to Look. When a car is backing out of a parking space or driving around a parking lot, the driver is supposed to check their blind spots and mirrors to make sure there isn’t anyone around and they can proceed to move cautiously. A driver can exhibit negligence by not checking or looking before they move their car.
- Distractions. There are many objects that can distract a driver. Using their cell phone, changing the radio station, and rummaging through a bag in the passenger’s seat takes the driver’s eyes off the road, possibly one hand or both off the wheel, and their mind is on the other task they’re trying to complete. Distracted driving leads to many accidents, especially in a city where there are a lot of people trying to get to their destinations.
It’s important to have a lawyer at your side when filing your claim because it’s possible the other party will try to place some of the fault on you. If a percentage of the fault is placed on you, then you won’t be able to recover full compensation for your damages. For example, if the driver that hit you was found to be 80% at fault and you were 20% at fault, then you can recover 80% of your compensation. This can be incredibly frustrating when you did nothing wrong, and having a lawyer to defend your rights gives you the best chance of maximizing your compensation.
Pedestrian Accidents in Albuquerque
According to the New Mexico Monthly Traffic Fatality Report, there were 67 total pedestrian accidents in 2019. 28 of those accidents were fatal and involved alcohol. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents that resulted in injury and death have happened in Albuquerque and are a part of that statistic.
There was one accident where a passenger had an emergency and needed to exit the car during the night. The driver pulled over and the passenger got out. An additional passenger and the driver both got out of the vehicle as well. A car traveling on the highway struck the three people. The driver died at the scene and the passengers went to the hospital for injuries. Another pedestrian was struck in an intersection and died at the scene.
Low visibility and busy intersections are both dangerous factors for pedestrians. There are a few tips to improve safety:
- Always Use Sidewalks
- Cross at Designated Areas
- Look Before Crossing
- Wear Bright Clothing
One of the most important things pedestrians can do is to never assume what the driver is going to do. If a pedestrian sees a car approaching, they may think the driver can see them as well. This isn’t necessarily the case, even if the pedestrian took the proper precautions. Always wait for the car to stop.
Our Lawyers Will Fight for You
If you’re recovering from a pedestrian collision, you may have significant injuries that will take a long time to heal. You need a settlement to help cover the costs of your medical bills, future care, lost wages, and other losses. Our lawyers will take all your losses into consideration so your compensation is fair, and you will be able to have peace of mind and not worry about facing financial hardship while getting the care you need.
Having a dependable and compassionate Albuquerque pedestrian accident attorney represent you will ensure your rights are protected. We’ll do everything possible to get you the justice you deserve. If you’ve lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, our wrongful death lawyers can help you get your loved one justice.
Schedule an obligation-free consultation today—all it takes is a phone call to our office. You can focus on recovering from the accident knowing your case is in the hands of experienced attorneys and will help put you on the right path so you can move forward.