An elderly woman who was struck by a truck while walking in West Suffield, CT is expected to recover from her injuries, according to a February 21, 2018 article in the Hartford Courant. Officials continue to investigate the reasons behind this pedestrian accident and they are working with an accident reconstruction, after interviewing the truck driver and checking the truck for mechanical issues. So far, police have declined to file charges for a traffic violation, which could indicate that negligence is to blame for the incident. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident in Connecticut, some general information may be useful as you work with an attorney for your claim.
Causes of Pedestrian-Related Car Accidents
Regardless of whether law enforcement issues a ticket to a driver, there are many types of negligent actions that can lead to pedestrian accidents, including:
Of course, there are some causes of pedestrian accidents that are linked to his or her own conduct. For instance, the person walking may:
Comparative Negligence in a Pedestrian Accident
Under Connecticut law, your claim for compensation may be reduced if you were partially at fault. The concept is termed modified comparative fault, and the theory is based upon fairness: If you were also negligent and your actions were a factor in the accident that caused your injuries, you should not be allowed to gain a windfall.
The modified comparative fault rule uses a percentage system, you can recover so long as you are 50 percent or less blameworthy. Your compensation amount will be reduced by the amount of fault attributable to you. For instance, if you were jaywalking but the driver of the vehicle was speeding at the time of the accident, you are both negligent. Since your own conduct is less of a factor than the speeding, you will obtain less compensation.
Consult with a Knowledgeable Personal Injury Lawyer Today
You may be entitled to compensation for your losses after a pedestrian accident, but it is important to retain experienced counsel to obtain the highest financial recovery allowed by Connecticut law. An attorney is able to help you determine the best way to move forward with your case. Contact us today or visit us online at https://www.stangerlaw.com/personal-injury/.