Not many exercises are as refreshing and cost-effective as an early morning or late evening jog. However, what begins as a routine jog can turn tragic if you are hit by a motorist.
If you or someone you love is hit by a vehicle while traveling on foot, you may be eligible for compensation for the resulting damages. However, while most people typically assume that the motorist is to blame when a pedestrian is hit, there are times when the person walking or running can contribute to the cause(s) of an accident. Here are two risky behaviors that can expose you to a heightened risk of injury or even death.
Ignoring crosswalk signals
Both pedestrians and motorists have the right of way at the crosswalk. You risk being run over if you attempt to cross the road when you are not supposed to, even if you are doing so at the designated crosswalk. For instance, if you cross the road when the “don’t walk” light is flashing, you will be at a greater risk of causing an accident. And if this happens, you may be found liable for the resulting harm. In fact, the motorist in question can file a claim against you if they are hurt as a result of the collision.
Use of electronic devices while walking
There is generally no category of negligence known as “distracted walking.” However, a pedestrian who is so wrapped up listening to music on their headphones, texting or talking on the phone while crossing the road is at a greater risk of being struck by a car, especially if they are crossing somewhere other than a crosswalk.
Protecting your rights
Pedestrian accidents are among the most devastating types of accidents anyone can be involved in. Learning how Missouri personal injury laws work can help you protect your rights and interests while pursuing damages following an accident that is not your fault or only partially your fault.