Can Jaywalking Pedestrians Sue? Is jaywalking illegal in Utah?

ELI5: Negligence

An answer from a Utah pedestrian accident Lawyer

We’ve all been there: driving down the road when suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, a pedestrian walks out right in front of your car, risking serious injuries, and is acting like you should have seen them all along. Perhaps, you may have even been the pedestrian who nonchalantly walked out in front of a car you thought would stop, but they didn’t, and you risked serious injuries. It’s a common occurrence that leads both drivers and pedestrians to wonder, who is liable for pedestrian accidents? And, who would be liable for a pedestrian accident if the pedestrian was using unmarked crosswalks, or walked straight into oncoming traffic? Well, when it comes to pedestrian accident claims, it isn’t always easy to determine who is at fault. Though no two pedestrian accident cases are alike, it is possible for jaywalking pedestrians to file a personal injury claim. The success of the aforementioned personal injury claim would depend on multiple factors.

When Can Pedestrian Accident Victims Sue?

If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, and the insurance company isn’t offering you enough to cover your medical expenses, it may be a good idea to meet with a pedestrian accident lawyer. Normally, in a pedestrian accident case, the pedestrian can file a claim with the insurance company of the other party.  If you’ve filed a claim with the insurance company of the at-fault party, and they aren’t offering enough to cover your lost wages, medical bills, and future medical expenses, it may be a good idea to speak with a pedestrian accident lawyer about getting a fair settlement for your injury-related expenses.

When Can’t Pedestrian Accident Victims Sue?

Is jaywalking illegal in Utah?

It’s difficult to list a detailed and complete set of circumstances under which a pedestrian accident lawyer would be unable to help an injured person recover compensation. However, there are some signs that a pedestrian accident lawyer may not be able to help with your pedestrian accident case. If you were running across the freeway at night, it may be difficult to file a pedestrian accident claim if the insurance company has already determined that you are at fault for the accident. Pedestrians aren’t expected to be found on the freeway. Furthermore, if you were not injured by the pedestrian accident, it may be difficult for a pedestrian accident lawyer to help you win compensation. However, pedestrian injuries can be serious. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, it may be a good idea to attend a free consultation with a pedestrian accident lawyer to help you determine your options.

What If the Pedestrian Was Jaywalking?

You may still have a pedestrian accident claim even if you were jaywalking. Drivers generally have a duty to look out for objects or people in the road while they’re operating a motor vehicle. This is why distracted driving is so dangerous. For example, if you were crossing the street in a residential neighborhood in the middle of the day, it’s “foreseeable” that people would be in the neighborhood crossing the street, and the person driving the car should have been able to see you and, the driver should have been going slow enough to stop in time. In Utah, multiple parties can share fault for an incident. And this includes the plaintiff. So even though a jaywalking pedestrian may have some fault, they may also be able to file a pedestrian accident claim anyway, as long as your percentage of fault doesn’t equal or exceed that of the other party.

How to Recover Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Is jaywalking illegal in Utah?

If you think you have a pedestrian accident claim, it can’t hurt to meet with a Utah pedestrian accident lawyer in a free consultation to ensure that you’re getting the maximum compensation available. Pedestrian accidents can result in severe injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, soft tissue injuries, emotional distress, and life-threatening injuries. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, and you have economic damages such as lost wages and medical bills, you deserve fair compensation. At Moxie Law Group, our law firm is dedicated to helping those injured in pedestrian accidents get the compensation they need to move forward. We offer each potential client a free consultation to help them determine whether or not it’s in their best interest to file a pedestrian accident claim. If you have pedestrian accident injuries, and you’re looking to get a fair settlement, contact our law firm for a free consultation.

Help Prevent Salt Lake City Pedestrian Accidents

Salt Lake City pedestrian accidents are far too common. Given the way Downtown Salt Lake City is set up, the city creates the perfect storm of circumstances for pedestrian accidents to occur. As a community, we all need to work together to prevent pedestrian accidents. You don’t want to be the reason another person is meeting with a pedestrian accident lawyer. If you are turning, especially if you are turning left, make sure that there aren’t any crossing pedestrians in the crosswalk. Along with preventing crosswalk accidents, you can make sure that you’re not driving too close to the shoulder where pedestrians may be walking alongside the road. 

When You’ve Been Injured in Salt Lake City

Is jaywalking illegal in Utah?

If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, Moxie Law Group is here for you. Our personal injury attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those who have been injured. If you’ve been injured, and need help getting the compensation you deserve, contact Moxie Law Group today.

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