Boston is one of the nation’s most walkable cities. Many people in Boston walk to work, to school and to do shopping. Pedestrians have a right to use the public streets and have certain legal responsibilities when they do. Accidents occur when motorists or pedestrians fail to follow the traffic laws. Pedestrians including children in strollers and people in wheelchairs are the most vulnerable users of public streets and roads. If you have been recently injured, you may need to hire one of our Boston pedestrian accident lawyers.
At Kelly & Soto, we represent pedestrians who have been injured by careless drivers and hit-and-run drivers in the Boston area. We are proud of our dedication to seeking justice for injured people and proud of the results we have achieved. We care about our clients and we go the extra mile to seek justice for our clients in each case.
Know Your Massachusetts Injury Rights and Responsibilities of Pedestrians
Massachusetts’ law requires that motorists yield the right of way to pedestrians who are in a marked crosswalk on the half of the street in which the vehicle is travelling or when the pedestrian is within 10 feet of the vehicle.
Pedestrians in Massachusetts have a responsibility to cross a road within a crosswalk, and when an officer is directing traffic, a traffic control signal is present or when there is a marked crosswalk within 300 feet of the pedestrian.
Pedestrians also have the right-of-way in crosswalks without traffic signals.
A pedestrian may not suddenly enter a crosswalk and step into the path of an oncoming car that is so near that the driver does not have reasonable time to stop.
Pedestrians walking along a road without a sidewalk should walk on the left side facing oncoming traffic.
Many fatal collisions involving pedestrian and motor vehicles occur in locations other than crosswalks, according to the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety. It is important for walkers to understand and obey the traffic laws that apply to pedestrians.
Pedestrians who are crossing a road in an urban area at a location where there is no marked crosswalk have a legal responsibility to yield the right-of-way to all vehicles.
Drivers who are making a turn at an intersection have a duty to yield to pedestrians.
Drivers should keep a lookout for pedestrians when backing out of parking spaces or driveways.
Drivers should yield to school buses when they display a flashing stop sign indicating that children are crossing the street.
When Boston drivers disregard pedestrian walk signals and traffic safety laws and harm pedestrians, they may be found to be negligent and liable for the injuries caused by their actions. It is important to discuss your legal rights with a knowledgeable Boston pedestrian accident lawyer if you have been injured by a car while walking.
The Most Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians who are struck by a car may sustain severe injuries, including brain injuries, fractures of the neck and spine and injuries to the arms and legs. The most common injuries are injuries to the legs followed by head injuries.
According to the Boston Public Health Commission, more than three pedestrians are injured every day.
Studies have shown the severity of injuries generally increases with the age of the pedestrian. Sadly, some pedestrians sustain fatal injuries when struck by cars. Seventy pedestrians were killed in collisions with vehicles in Massachusetts in 2014, representing for 20 percent of all traffic fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, pedestrians who are 65 and older accounted for one out of five pedestrian deaths and about one out of 10 who were injured.
Common types of injuries in collisions involving a motor vehicle and pedestrian include:
- Scrapes and abrasions to soft tissue
- Injuries to legs, knees and lower extremities
- Head, neck and facial injuries
- Shoulder, arms, upper extremities
- Chest injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Fractured pelvis
A pedestrian who has been seriously injured in an accident may require months of medical treatment and rehabilitation and be unable to work for an extended period of time. Some pedestrians are left with permanent disabilities. If you or a loved one is facing this difficult situation, you should explore your legal options (such as a Boston pedestrian accident attorney) to seek compensation to pay medical bills and other expenses caused by the accident.
How Can Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at Kelly & Soto Law Help You?
We are aggressive, energetic Boston attorneys, located in the North End, who pride ourselves on personalized client service.
Our attorneys will provide a free case evaluation so that you can get a general idea of the value of your pedestrian accident case claim.
We will start working on your case promptly.
Our primary goal is to work to obtain the full compensation that you deserve after an accident caused by another motorist’s failure to yield or disregard for the safety of others.
We will investigate the contributing factors to your pedestrian accident and identify all of the motorists who are potentially liable for your injuries.
We will work with you at every stage in the process and keep you informed of our progress in resolving the claim.
Our Boston pedestrian accident lawyers have settled hundreds of cases for accident victims and we will put that legal experience to work for you.
Having a strong sense of what a claim is worth based on our experience handling similar cases allows us to negotiate from a stronger position and prevents insurance adjusters from taking advantage of you with low ball settlement offers.
Your pedestrian accident attorney will be available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The attorneys at Kelly & Soto handle pedestrian accident cases on a contingency fee basis. We understand that if you have been hit by a car or a pedestrian accident has disrupted your life, you do not need the extra expense of paying an attorney. You will not owe Kelly & Soto any legal fee unless we obtain compensation for you and your family.
Our Boston pedestrian injury lawyers will aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf. Fill out our contact form for a free case evaluation.