IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF A PEDESTRIAN OR JOGGING ACCIDENT
Normally when people think of an auto accident, they picture a fender to fender or bumper to bumper collision. However, when a car strikes someone walking down the street, it is a metal to flesh and bones impact. The usual result of such an impact is severe injuries to the pedestrian. While most of these accidents happen in a crosswalk when the driver is distracted by traffic and not focusing on the pedestrians, many involve a jogger on a quiet suburban street. The obvious problem in pedestrian and jogging accidents is the person injured has virtually no protection from the motor vehicle. So the great feeling from jogging is heavily balanced with the greater risk of serious injury or death after being struck by a hit and run motor vehicle.
Regardless of how the accident happened, as a pedestrian or jogger you will be covered by the uninsured motorist (UM) coverage of your motor vehicle insurance policy. UM coverage protects you as a pedestrian if the driver leaves the scene or does not have adequate coverage to pay for all your damages. Many times the damages in a pedestrian or jogging collision are substantial. Your UM coverage can also be stacked, with other family members who have UM coverage, to make sure you are made whole.
In Rhode Island negligence is based on comparative fault, where liability for an accident is apportioned to the involved parties, relative to the amount of comparative negligence each has contributed. However, in a pedestrian accident, where injuries can be quite serious; even if the accident were 50% your fault, the 50% liability apportioned to the driver would still result in a substantial settlement to cover your damage, injuries, pain and suffering.
While nobody plans for a large insurance settlement precipitated by a traumatic accident, jogging or walking defensively should be your only concern. If tragedy ever does strike, allow an experienced personal injury lawyer to worry about issues of liability, comparative negligence, and how to maximize your claim. Attorney James Donelan is quite experienced in handling personal injury claims for pedestrians and joggers. If you have been involved in this type of accident and have any questions, please call Attorney Jim Donelan at (401) 461-1500.
Jim Donelan handles pedestrian, jogging and motor vehicle accidents such as car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents in the following Rhode Island areas: Barrington RI, Bristol RI, Burrillville RI, Central Falls RI, Charlestown RI, Coventry RI, Cranston RI, Cumberland RI, East Greenwich RI, East Providence RI, Exeter RI, Foster RI, Glocester RI, Hopkinton RI, Jamestown RI, Johnston RI, Lincoln RI, Little Compton RI, Middletown RI, Narragansett RI, New Shoreham RI and Block Island RI, Newport RI, North Kingstown RI, North Providence RI, North Smithfield RI, Pawtucket RI, Portsmouth RI, Providence RI, Richmond RI, Riverside RI, Scituate RI, South Kingtown RI, Tiverton RI, Wakefield RI, Warren RI, Warwick RI, West Greenwich RI, West Warwick RI, Westerly RI, Woonsocket RI, Kent County, Providence County, Washington County, and through out South County, Newport County, East Bay and West Bay.