Dover Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Protecting the Vulnerable in New Hampshire & Throughout New England
In our 30+ years of experience as a law firm, some of the most severe injuries
our legal team has seen have been associated with pedestrian accidents.
Getting hit by a car that weighs 3,000 pounds or more while lacking protective
equipment like helmets can lead to disabilities, painful injuries that
can take months to recover from, and oftentimes, death. The Governors
Highway Safety Association calculated that the number of pedestrian deaths
recorded in 2019 was the highest in 30 years.
Wyskiel, Boc, Tillinghast & Bolduc, P.A. has handled countless
car accident claims, including those involving pedestrians. Our Dover pedestrian accident
lawyers can meet with you personally to calculate the extent of your damages
and determine if we can hold the at-fault driver responsible for negligence.
We care about our community and will work hard on your behalf to get the
justice you deserve.
Schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers today by calling
(603) 742-5222—if you’re unable to come to us, we can visit you. You can
also reach out via our
What Are My Pedestrian Rights in New Hampshire?
Like many other states, New Hampshire pedestrian laws establish that drivers
must yield to the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks. This means
that if you’re struck by a vehicle while legally crossing the street,
the driver is breaking the law and can be held responsible for negligence.
Drivers are also forbidden from passing other vehicles that have stopped
at crosswalks to allow pedestrians to safely cross.
However, pedestrians are also required to obey traffic signals and must
yield to the right of way of vehicles if there’s no crosswalk. Pedestrian
accidents can also occur when the pedestrian is distracted on their phone
and not paying attention. If you’ve been injured and you’re
unsure of whether you contributed to your own accident, we still recommend
contacting us so we can learn more about your accident. New Hampshire
is a comparative negligence state, meaning it’s possible for multiple
parties to be at fault for an accident.
How Pedestrian Accidents Happen
Drivers are often responsible for pedestrian accidents that occur on roads,
sidewalks, and even in parking lots and driveways. Drivers are expected
to practice caution when they detect pedestrians nearby, but unfortunately
this doesn’t always happen, or the driver doesn’t notice the
pedestrians in general.
Some common driver behaviors that contribute to pedestrian accidents include:
Speeding: Driving too fast reduces a driver’s ability to notice and respond
to a pedestrian in the road by changing lanes, swerving, or braking. Additionally,
speeding can cause greater damage and almost certainly lead to severe
injuries or fatalities when pedestrians are involved.
Distracted driving: When a driver is on their phone, checking their GPS, eating, or even having
conversations with others in the car, their eyes and/or attention are
diverted from the road, meaning they may not see a pedestrian in time
to avoid hitting them. Looking away from the road for just a couple of
seconds is more than enough time for a child to run into the street to
chase after a dropped toy.
Drunk driving: Impaired driving greatly reduces a driver’s coordination, judgment,
and ability to focus, which poses dangers to pedestrians crossing the
street or even walking on the side of the road. Drunk drivers are especially
less likely to spot a pedestrian walking around at night.
Failure to check mirrors/blind spots: Some pedestrian accidents can occur when vehicles are backing up in driveways
or parking lots and drivers fail to check their mirrors, cameras, or blind
spots to ensure the coast is clear.
Pedestrian Accident FAQs
How can I prevent a pedestrian accident?
According to the NHTSA, pedestrian safety is a responsibility that both
walkers and drivers must share. Some ways you can prevent a pedestrian
accident as a walker include not texting or listening to music while you’re
out and about (and especially while you’re crossing the street),
using sidewalks when available, and always cross at intersections or crosswalks.
Drivers should make sure to slow down near crosswalks or intersections
and be wary when driving at night, as many pedestrians don’t wear
reflective clothing. Drivers should also check their mirrors before backing
out or making turns and refrain from drinking before operating a vehicle.
I was jaywalking at the time of my accident. Can I still recover compensation?
If you weren’t using a crosswalk when you were hit by a car, it’s
possible you may share some of the blame for your accident, but that doesn’t
necessarily mean you should still file a personal injury claim. Though
your compensation may be lowered if the courts find you’re partially
at fault, you can still recover damages like medical bills, lost wages,
and property damage. Hiring one of our lawyers is your best chance of
ensuring you can still obtain compensation.
How much time do I have to file a pedestrian accident claim?
States vary when it comes to deadlines to file personal injury claims.
In New Hampshire, victims have three years from the date of injury to
file pedestrian accident claims and recover compensation. The sooner you
call us to get started on your case, the sooner we can file your claim
and lower the risk of having your case dismissed.
Recovery is here. Call our Dover pedestrian accident lawyers to get started
on your claim at
(603) 742-5222. Free consultations!