While the following story is a bit older, it brings up the very important matter of pedestrian accidents. In this case, the accident turned tragic when a drunk driver plowed into numerous pedestrians on the sidewalk.
The wreck occurred last month in Vallejo, California, when a 65-year-old man was allegedly driving around with alcohol in his system. Police have confirmed that the driver likely had "intoxication issues." The driver hit six pedestrians in total and he damaged numerous pieces of property along the sidewalk in the process.
One of the pedestrians was killed in the accident, while five other pedestrians were either hospitalized in conditions that ranged from serious to critical.
This is obviously an extreme example of a pedestrian accident, but if the driver involved was indeed intoxicated, he will rightly suffer the consequences for his actions. Still, even though this wreck may seem straightforward and clear-cut, the legal claims involved could be more complicated than it may seem.
Pedestrian accidents are often more convoluted than they need to be. That doesn't mean that an injured pedestrian should balk at the idea of pursuing legal action. Far from it, in fact. Instead, this is just something to keep in mind if you are pursuing such litigation.
Negligence on the part of a driver or reckless driving often plays a role in pedestrian accident. Proving this negligence or recklessness can be difficult, but armed with this evidence, an injured pedestrian can (and should) consider legal action to help him or her get the justice they deserve.
Source: KRON, "Six pedestrians involved in deadly Vallejo accident; intoxication may have been a factor," Annie Andersen, June 19, 2015