Pedestrians have rights on and around the roadways of Boston. In particular, we have an extensive network of crosswalks that indicate to other drivers that pedestrians have the right of way in certain areas. Unfortunately, we often see that drivers ignore crosswalks or operate recklessly around them, causing severe injuries to pedestrians. At Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C., our team is here to help when you need a Boston crosswalk accident attorney. We have extensive experience handling complex personal injury claims in Boston and throughout Massachusetts, and we have the resources necessary to fully investigate what happened to you. Let us help you secure full compensation for your losses if you have been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of another driver.
I was speaking to a client yesterday and he told me that his mother was hit by a car while in a crosswalk. He then told me that she never took down any information from the driver because she “ didn’t think she was hurt badly.”
It’s now been several months and she very much regrets that decision because her pain a limitation have gotten progressively worse.
This happens often and I have a theory on it: I think that when someone is involved in an accident their adrenaline is pumping and the first thing we as humans do is take a quick inventory. In other words: Am I bleeding; did I break anything; can I walk; etc. If all seems well, we want to ignore what just happened and hope that everything is ok.
The truth is that you really don’t know what you will ultimately feel. Once the adrenaline subsides and you relax pain and the problem often sets in. Even then, people think that they’re just sore and it will pass. But it’s very difficult to discern between expected soreness and personal injury.
The best thing to do in these situations is to be on the safe side. Just jot down the other person’s name, address, phone number, and license plate (provided it’s a car accident). If you go home and truly do feel ok, go about your life and thank God that it wasn’t more serious. But if you do wind up feeling bad or learn that you actually were injured, you’ll be in a better position to pursue due compensation.
There are various reasons why crosswalk accidents occur. Yes, sometimes pedestrians and bicyclists ignore traffic signs and signals that indicate when they should and should not walk. However, what our attorneys often discover is that the careless or negligent actions of other drivers regularly cause these accidents. Some of the main causes of crosswalk accidents in Boston include a driver:
When we look at data available from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, we can see that there were more than 2,130 total pedestrian accidents during the latest full reporting year of data. The data also shows that there were more than 1,300 total bicycle accidents. We do want to note that 2021 statistics are lower, and we have not used that year. The COVID-19 pandemic did lower the number of pedestrian and bicycle accidents that occurred across the state during the latest year, so looking solely at those numbers is a bit deceiving.
What we do know is that many of these accidents actually occur in or around crosswalks. This seems absurd to many people, particularly because these are areas where pedestrians and bicyclists are supposed to have the right of way. Unfortunately, when a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds slams into a pedestrian or bicyclist, it often results in the victims sustaining severe injuries. It is not uncommon for our Boston crosswalk accident lawyers to help clients who have sustained the following:
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a crosswalk accident caused by the careless or negligent actions of another driver in Boston, contact Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C. for help as soon as possible. Our team has extensive experience handling complex injury claims throughout the city, and we know what it takes to fully investigate these cases so our clients can secure full compensation for their losses. This can include coverage of their medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Boston crosswalk accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling 617-917-3917.