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Examples of Pedestrian Accident Claims

Are you eligible to file a pedestrian accident claim even if you were jaywalking when the vehicle struck you? In many pedestrian injury cases, we find that there is shared fault on both sides. Here are a few examples of pedestrian accident claims and how compensation works in Utah.

Examples of Pedestrian Accident Claims | How Compensation Works

If you want a fair shot at getting full compensation, you must bring your claim or settle it in court no more than four years after the date of your pedestrian accident. Here are a few incidents that explain how Utah’s shared fault rules work:

  1. You were walking in a cross walk and a car blew a red light and hit you. You are not at fault for this accident and are eligible for 100% of your compensation award.
  2. You were walking in a cross walk and looked at your phone right before someone blew through a red light and hit you. You may be found to be 20% at fault for the accident and your compensation award will be reduced by 20% to account for your role in causing the accident.
  3. You were crossing the road when the light was green and didn’t look up from your phone and you got hit by a car who couldn’t stop in time to avoid hitting you. You would not be eligible for compensation because you were 100% at fault for the accident.

Examples of Pedestrian Accident Claims | Hit and Run

If you’re hit as a pedestrian and the other vehicle flees the scene, you still have a claim in the state of Utah. It does create some tricky issues on identifying the vehicle and tracking down the proper insurance which can be a little complicated. We recommend that you contact an attorney and talk to them about the details of how to pursue such a claim.

If you have been struck by a vehicle and are left seriously injured, please call the Utah pedestrian accident attorneys at Swenson & Shelley today to schedule a free consultation.

Kevin Swenson was raised in Bountiful, Utah, and is a co-founding partner of Swenson & Shelley. After graduating from Bountiful High School, Kevin attended business school at Westminster College.