Pedestrians tend to suffer severe injuries in accidents involving motor vehicles. These collisions could result in severe injuries leaving lifelong effects and extensive medical expenses.
Medical insurance might not cover all damages, compelling any injured victim to file a claim against who is at fault for the crash. However, determining who is at fault is the first step to filing a claim.
In auto-pedestrian accidents, the pedestrian, the driver or both parties can be responsible for the collision. Fault considerably depends on who made negligent actions, contributing to the crash.
Fortunately, Nevada has comparative negligence laws, meaning involved parties can be partially responsible for the incident. It also allows injured victims to pursue compensation even if they share the blame for the collision.
However, their eligibility to file a claim might depend on the percentage of fault they bear. Exceeding the limit might affect their ability to recover damages.
Still, authorities would thoroughly investigate and review the events before the collision before blaming anyone. Sometimes other parties not present during the crash can be liable in specific situations.
Who else can be responsible?
After the investigation, authorities can pinpoint other contributors to the crash. Sometimes, they might detect a vehicle defect, placing fault on the car manufacturer. If the road was badly designed and lacked necessary traffic features, the government can also hold liability for the crash.
Unfortunately, the pedestrian is the unluckiest party in the incident. Unlike motor vehicle operators, they lack protective equipment and the defenses of a car to prevent severe or fatal injuries.
For this reason, determining if one or more parties are at fault is crucial for injured pedestrians. They can figure out percentages of blame and pursue compensation according to the circumstances.