Does Jaywalking Affect Your Accident Injury Claim?
If you are hit by a car while jaywalking, the driver may not be held liable if they can prove that you were at fault. In most states, jaywalking is considered a pedestrian violation, so the driver may not be held responsible if you are hit by a car while jaywalking. Additionally, your insurance company may refuse to cover your damages if they determine that you were jaywalking at the time of the accident. If you are suing the driver who hit you, the court may rule that you were partially at fault for the accident due to your jaywalking.
Proving fault in court can be difficult. After a traffic accident, gather evidence and contact a knowledgeable professional. Peters & Nolan, LLC can help you organize your evidence and earn your best settlement. Call (970) 243-4357 to discuss your case.
The state of Colorado defines jaywalking as “the act of crossing a roadway outside of a crosswalk or in an unmarked crosswalk.” This definition is in line with the majority of states in the U.S. that have laws against jaywalking. In Colorado, jaywalking is only considered a traffic violation and the maximum fine is only $100. Colorado may also charge you with a Class B infraction.
Jaywalking is illegal in most jurisdictions and carries a risk of being hit by a vehicle. However, in some cases, jaywalking may be the only option available to a pedestrian, such as when there is no crosswalk nearby or if a pedestrian is forced to jaywalk due to an obstruction on the sidewalk, they may not be held liable for any injuries that occur. Additionally, if a driver fails to yield to a pedestrian who is crossing at a designated crossing area, the driver may be held liable for any resulting injuries.
When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle while jaywalking, the pedestrian may be held liable for any injuries or damages that result. This is because jaywalking is considered to be a form of reckless behavior. Pedestrians who are hit by a vehicle while crossing outside of a crosswalk may also be ticketed by law enforcement.
Jaywalking can lead to serious injuries and possible death. The National Safety Council reported the following jaywalking statistics:
- 6,000 accidents are caused each year by pedestrians and jaywalkers
- A study testing over a 30 period, 180,000 pedestrians have been injured or killed in jaywalking accidents in the U.S.
- A pedestrian is killed due to jaywalking every 11 minutes
Hire a Lawyer
If you’ve been involved in a jaywalking accident, you may need to hire a lawyer to help you navigate the legal process. Jaywalking accidents can be complex, and you may need an experienced lawyer to help you understand your rights and options. The hard-working attorneys at Peters & Nolan, LLC can also help you negotiate with insurance companies and other parties involved in the accident. If you’ve been seriously injured in a jaywalking accident, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages. A lawyer can help you understand the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected. Called (970) 243-4357 for a free consultation!
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