According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2017, approximately 137,000 pedestrians were attended to in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries. During the same year, about 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic collisions in the United States. Due to the lack of protection between pedestrians and motorists, pedestrian accidents are often severe. Victims may likely sustain minor or catastrophic injuries, including scrapes, fractures, traumatic brain injuries, emotional traumas, and sometimes death.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by someone else's negligence, you may be eligible to recover damages. Syren Law Offices is dedicated to providing experienced legal services and compassionate representation in pedestrian accident cases. As a knowledgeable Alaska personal injury attorney, he will review the details of your case and carry out a private investigation. Attorney Les Syren will fight vigorously to protect your rights and help pursue rightful compensation for your injuries, damages, or loss.
Syren Law Offices is proud to represent pedestrian accident victims across Anchorage, Alaska, and surrounding communities of Kenai Peninsula, Palmer, Kotzebue, Bethel, Wasilla, and Fairbanks.
Determining liability is important when seeking compensation after a pedestrian accident. To recover damages, the plaintiff needs to prove the following elements:
The at-fault driver owed you a duty of care.
The at-fault driver breached that duty of care through their careless actions.
The at-fault driver's negligent act caused your injuries.
You suffered actual harm, bodily injuries, or someone died as a result of the accident.
In Alaska, motorists owe a duty of care to pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, other drivers, and road users. According to the Alaska Admin Code 13.02.005, rules that pertain to drivers, where pedestrians are concerned include:
A driver must obey any traffic control devices applicable to the driver unless directed by a traffic or police officer.
A driver shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian who is on a sidewalk, vehicular way, or who is crossing a roadway within a crosswalk.
All drivers must exercise due care to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
Every driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a blind pedestrian carrying a visible white cane or accompanied by a guide dog.
According to the Alaska Admin Code 13.02.150, pedestrians have the following rights and duties:
Pedestrians must comply with traffic and pedestrian control signals.
A pedestrian may not enter or remain on the rotary traffic island of a roundabout.
No pedestrian may leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle.
Pedestrians shall move, whenever practicable, upon the right half of the crosswalk.
A pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point other than within a marked crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
No pedestrian may cross a roadway intersection diagonally.
No pedestrian may cross a roadway where an official traffic-control device specifically prohibits the crossing.
A pedestrian must cross a roadway at a right angle to the roadway or by the shortest route to the opposite side of the roadway.
No pedestrian may sleep or loiter upon a highway without a lawful permit.
Alaska is a "fault" state. This means that the at-fault party (person responsible for the accident) will be held liable for any injury or property damages suffered by accident victims. If you suffer any kind of injury or property damage in a pedestrian accident, you may proceed by:
Filing a claim with your own insurance provider
Filing a third-party claim directly with the at-fault driver's insurer
Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver in court
Alaska follows a "pure comparative fault" principle. Under this system, you may still sue for damages and seek compensation even if you were partially responsible for the accident. However, your damages award will be reduced by your fault percentage.
The following damages may be recovered from a personal injury claim:
Medical care expenses
Lost wages or income
Ongoing and future medical treatment
Out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident
Reduced earning capacity
Damages for your mental anguish
Pain and suffering
Loss of future earnings
Wrongful death damages, where applicable
Pedestrian accidents can have devastating, long-lasting ramifications on your physical, financial, and mental health. Thankfully, you don't have to face these challenges alone. If you were involved in a pedestrian accident, retaining a knowledgeable Alaska personal injury attorney immediately is imperative to help protect your rights and pursue deserved compensation.
For over 30 years, the Syren Law Offices has been providing outstanding legal guidance and compassionate representation to personal injury and pedestrian accident victims. As your attorney, Les Syren can:
Review every aspect of your case and carry out a comprehensive, private investigation
Gather necessary information, pieces of evidence, and required documentation
Work to prove fault and establish liability
Determine and estimate case-value
Help negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company
File a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, where applicable
Attorney Les Syren can fight compassionately to protect your rights and help pursue fair financial compensation to cover medical costs, lost wages, future medical treatment, pain and suffering, or loss. Having him on your side can improve your chances of a favorable outcome in your pedestrian accident claims.
If you or a family member were injured in a pedestrian accident involving a negligent party, call Syren Law Offices today to schedule a free one-on-one case assessment. Attorney Les Syren can provide you with the experienced legal guidance and support you need and help in seeking rightful compensation for your injuries, damages, or loss. He proudly serves clients across Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Palmer, Kotzebue, Bethel, Wasilla, and Fairbanks, AK.