As a pedestrian, you know that a car wreck is a serious threat that can have life-changing implications for your health and finances.
After an accident in Indiana, you may have recourse if the person operating the vehicle acted negligently. The following three examples indicate negligence by the driver.
1. Distracted driving
Distractions are a leading cause of accidents. Motorists who are texting, skipping through songs or otherwise diverting their attention from the road are often at fault in an accident. Cell phone records can help you prove that a driver was using a phone at the time of an accident.
2. Failure to follow traffic laws
If a traffic violation leads to a pedestrian-involved accident, the driver may be at fault. Examples of violations include:
- Driving above the speed limit
- Ignoring traffic lights
- Failing to yield when pedestrians have a walk signal
- Running a stop sign
- Making an illegal turn
- Driving too fast in a school zone
Pictures and footage from red-light cameras and security systems can determine if a driver broke any laws and help you successfully pursue a legal case.
3. Impaired driving
People who operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol put more than their own lives at risk. A blood-alcohol test can determine if the driver in your accident was under the influence at the time.
After an accident as a pedestrian, you should seek medical attention right away. A legal professional can help you understand if you are eligible for compensation for your medical costs.