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• U.C.A. 41-6a-1006(1). The driver of a vehicle is responsible for avoiding pedestrians and using extreme caution. Suppose the driver observes or should have observed a minor or someone who is disabled. In that case, the driver must exercise extreme caution. When required, the driver must give an audible indication, such as blaring the horn.
• U.C.A. 41-6a-305. U.C.A. 41-6a-305(2)(a)(ii) states that the driver at a green light is mandated to yield the right of way to the pedestrian crossing the road. In contrast, U.C.A. 41-6a-305(4)(c) states that a driver at a red light must not cross the road and allow pedestrians to cross the street. 41-6a-305(2)(b) and 41-6a-305(3)(b) also reiterate the right of a pedestrian to yield the right of way at a crossroad.
• U.C.A. 41-6a-306(2). As opposed to the provided law above, this statute states when a pedestrian cannot cross a road. The law states that a pedestrian must not cross a street when there’s a blinking ‘Do not cross’ notice or any other obvious indicator.
• U.C.A.41-6a-1002. U.C.A. 41-6a-1002(1)(b) states that a pedestrian may still cross an intersection without an official crosswalk. U.C.A. 41-6a-1002(2)(b) says a pedestrian must stop at a school crosswalk if a pedestrian is walking on it. U.C.A. 41-6a-1002(3) requires drivers to put on a halt if they are in front of a crosswalk and other drivers are stopped.
• U.C.A. 41-6a-1003. U.C.A. 41-6a-1003(1) provides the context for jaywalking. As opposed to the above laws, a pedestrian cannot cross a crossroad without an intersection. Supposed there is no available intersection; they must not cross a road full of speeding cars. U.C.A. 41-6a-1003(4)(a) states a pedestrian cannot cross a street diagonally.
• U.C.A. 41-6a-1004. This statute states that a pedestrian cannot cross a road when an emergency vehicle is present. A driver must give the right of way to the emergency services.
• U.C.A. 41-6a-1008. This law states that a driver crossing a sidewalk must yield the right of way to the crossing pedestrian.
• U.C.A. 41-6a-1009. This statute prohibits pedestrians from crossing a road without an intersection. If pedestrians cross the road, they must steer away from the shoulder. U.C.A. 41-6a-1009(d) states that panhandlers should not block traffic. Lastly, U.C.A. 41-6a-1009(5) says that an intoxicated pedestrian must only remain on the sidewalk.
Combining the data from a Fox 13 news report and ZeroFatalities crash statistics, we were able to collect a year-by-year overview of Utah’s crash accidents instances. You can refer to the data stated below for Utah’s crash statistics:
According to ZeroFatalities, 43 out of 248 total roadside fatalities in 2019 were from pedestrians. By doing the statistics, roughly 17% of the total death can be attributed to crossing pedestrians. Most of the accidents happen during the daytime (56.5%). Furthermore, most of the victims involved in the accident are aged 30 to 35 (19%).
Pedestrian crashes often carry tremendous physical damages. If you or someone you know suffered from catastrophic injuries because of an irresponsible driver, you have the right to demand maximum compensation from them. Hiring one of our Utah pedestrian accident attorneys is the best course of action in such circumstances.
Hiring a personal injury attorney is beneficial for you in more ways you can imagine:
• Broken bones. Bone fractures are serious injuries commonly seen in car accident victims. These injuries might take a long time to heal, and fracture treatments can be costly.
• Spinal cord injury. These terrible injuries might result in lasting alterations to an injured victim’s body. Some individuals may lose their senses due to severe spinal cord injury.
• Brain injuries. The majority of damages caused by car accidents are often the result of the collision’s high impact. Brain injuries can affect the victim’s life. Traumatic brain injuries are frequently severe and necessitate immediate medical attention.
• Soft tissue injuries. Victims of car accidents may have persistent pain due to soft tissue injuries. Sprains, strains, and contusions are all common soft tissue injuries.
Many factors can cause a pedestrian accident in Utah. For both pedestrians and drivers, it’s crucial to understand the most common causative factors of a pedestrian accident. Knowing this will help both parties prevent catastrophic damages.
We listed below the leading contributing factors in pedestrian accidents and other car-related accidents:
The list above indicates the factors caused by pedestrians. In contrast, we will also briefly describe factors caused by drivers.
Taking the proper steps following a pedestrian accident is crucial in recovering compensation for your losses. Following a pedestrian accident, your top priority should be to preserve as much evidence as possible while also recovering fully.
Victims hurt in a pedestrian accident must seek medical assistance immediately. Call 911 right away so that the emergency services can treat your wounds as soon as possible. It would be best if you secured your safety first before anything else.
If you are safe from severe injuries, you can start gathering evidence. Many drivers may argue that you are responsible for your damages. Obtaining pictures or video recordings of the accident area is vital following a pedestrian accident.
Take note of the driver’s details. If they work for a company, try to get their employer’s contact information. You must obtain information about the driver’s insurance.
Following a pedestrian collision, it is critical to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney. A lawyer will assist you with the legal aspects of your case, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery. A lawyer will assist you in constructing a compelling case for your personal injury claim.
According to Utah’s Vehicle Code, pedestrians have the right of way but not all the time. There are instances when a pedestrian must give the right of way to the driver. Suppose there are no crosswalks present on the road. In this case, a pedestrian must not cross the road irresponsibly. They must give way to the oncoming cars and only cross when they are within the driver’s line of vision and from a safe distance.
The law states no specific amount on how much a pedestrian accident case is worth. Every pedestrian accident case is unique. It’s vital to speak with an attorney about this to help you set a realistic expectation for the amount you receive from your sustained damages.
Utah Code Ann. §78B-2-307 states that a pedestrian accident in Utah has a statute of limitations of up to four years. This limitation means that a victim can only hold a driver accountable for this limited time. Suppose the regulation lapsed and did not file any lawsuit against the driver, then the court will default the case.
According to U.C.A. § 78B-5-818(2), Utah follows a modified comparative law. This means that if the plaintiff is at least 50% at fault for the accident, they cannot recover compensation. Because of this, hiring an experienced Utah pedestrian accident lawyer to represent your case is your utmost priority.
It’s not recommended to accept the first settlement offer. There is an excellent chance that they minimize the amount you can receive for your injuries. It would be best to have a lawyer with you when the insurance company makes a settlement offer.
You must first show responsibility to the at-fault motorist to seek financial compensation for your injuries and other losses. You can do this by recovering compelling evidence supporting your claim. In most cases, you and the other party can settle outside court.
However, there are some circumstances when a driver refuses to acknowledge their fault. This is why hiring the best pedestrian accident lawyer is highly necessary. They can help you establish the driver’s fault and recover the maximum amount of compensation for your case.
Call 801-845-0440 to get in touch with a member of our firm after your accident. We can review your case for free!