According to data out of the National Safety Council, nearly 6,000 pedestrians are killed each year in vehicle-related accidents. Additionally, almost 85,000 pedestrians sustain some sort of injury due to the same type of accident. While many laws exist to protect the rights of pedestrians, drivers routinely ignore these laws for the sake of convenience or out of impatience. If you’re considering a personal injury suit as the result of a vehicle-related injury, your first step should be hiring a reputable personal injury attorney in Alaska.
Alaska law gives pedestrians the right-of-way in safety zones. If a pedestrian is crossing the street in a safety zone, cars must yield. Pedestrians also have the right to finish crossing a street if the light changes while they are still crossing. While pedestrians are prohibited from jaywalking or crossing the road when the light indicates “Don’t Walk,” many opt to take the chance. In these instances, fault might be split between the pedestrian and the driver. It is in your best interest to consult with a personal injury attorney in Alaska to determine the best course of action.
It’s also worth noting that not all pedestrian injuries are due to accidents with vehicles. Poorly maintained roads and walkways or unmarked hazard zones contribute to thousands of injuries every year; in which case, fault can often be laid at the feet of the property owner or the city/state. Professional counsel and representation is essential when dealing with the aftermath of an injury sustained as a pedestrian.
Merdes Law Office has helped injured Alaskans for more than 25 years, it’s who we are. And while we hope you never need us… we’re here if you do