Pedestrian-involved car accidents are incredibly common and, unfortunately, often result in death or serious injuries. Generally, pedestrians have protected status on crosswalks, including unmarked crosswalks. A motorist who strikes a pedestrian on a crosswalk may be found to have been negligent based on violation of a state-specific rule or statute governing proper acts and behavior that the driver of a vehicle must follow. The specific laws and rules regarding the motorists’ and pedestrians’ statutory duties vary from state to state. It is important to note that different states have different rules regarding “comparative fault.” What this means in practicality is if a person is at fault for 50 or 51 percent of their own injuries they are unable to recover for any of their damages. This is not the rule in every state in the United States but it is in a majority. As a result, motorists and insurance companies will often make the facts and circumstances surrounding the pedestrian’s injuries into a complicated and confusing game in an attempt to avoid paying for any damages a pedestrian has suffered. It is important to have an attorney who is familiar with types of recovery for pedestrian injuries sustained as a result of a car accident so you can have the maximum chances of recovery. Members of Goodnow|McKay are experienced with these claims to help. We are committed to helping our clients recover fair compensation. We are often able to negotiate reasonable settlements with the responsible insurance companies, but we are willing to fight for our clients through trial if necessary.