In Alaska and throughout the nation, thousands of pedestrians are killed each year in accidents involving motor vehicles. Tens of thousands suffer nonfatal pedestrian injuries, sometimes struggling for weeks, months or even years to obtain complete physical recovery. Some are so severely injured, they are left incapacitated for the rest of their lives. In each of these situations, it is only right that those who suffer be allowed to seek monetary judgment against those deemed responsible.
Various factors often lead to collisions involving pedestrians. High on the list is distracted drivers, who may be texting or otherwise taking their eyes off the road. Even if bicyclists or people crossing streets are following traffic rules and doing everything to remain visible, drivers not paying attention may hit them.