Pedestrians have as much right to a safe trip whenever they step outside their door. Funderburg, Sessums & Peterson, PLLC affirms those rights with every pedestrian injury claim.
Jackson Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Pedestrian Injury Lawyers in Jackson, MS
According to NHTSA figures, over 10% of all traffic fatalities in the country are pedestrians. While our national infrastructure was built for car travel, people mustn't forget that pedestrians have as much right to safe travel as trucks and cars. However, cars and other motorists are obligated to make sure they're watching out for pedestrians—after all, pedestrians have little hope of walking away from a collision unscathed.
The Jackson pedestrian injury attorneys at Funderburg, Sessums & Peterson, PLLC have more than 90 years of experience advocating for people who have been injured or killed in pedestrian accidents. Our firm's philosophy is simple: once an attorney takes your case, they devote all of their time and effort to getting everything you need. Every lawyer—even founding partners—are the main point of contact for each case. That way, you'll always have a direct line to whomever has your future in their hands.
Who Is Most at Risk in a Pedestrian Accident?
In most cases, the victims are children and the elderly, as they're most likely to be struck by cars; the CDC reports that 1 in 5 pedestrian fatalities happen to people 65 years or older, and an even larger share were between 5 and 15 years old. Pedestrians who walk to work or walk in high-traffic areas were also at higher risk of being struck by a vehicle.
Perhaps the most common pedestrian accident cause, however, is alcohol. Drunk driving plays a role in nearly half of all traffic crashes, according to the CDC. Prosecuting drunk drivers is one way to ensure certain drivers never put pedestrians at risk ever again. The rise of smartphones and large screen displays have also led to more pedestrian deaths due to distraction.
Common tips for pedestrians to ensure visibility include:
Bright or reflective clothing
Carrying a flashlight
Only using crosswalks
Adhering to signs and signals
Staying on the sidewalk when possible
Failure to do these things does not disqualify you from seeking compensation. Ultimately, pedestrians have right-of-way, and motorists are obligated to avoid hitting pedestrians in all contexts and at all times.