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Addressing issues that may arise following a pedestrian accident

Motorists in Alaska or on any other roadway in the nation are typically obligated to yield to people crossing the street on foot. When a driver is negligent, a pedestrian accident may occur. Injuries in such circumstances are often very serious and many are fatal.

In situations where motorists are found to have been negligent, a court may hold them accountable by ordering them to pay restitution to injured victims who have filed personal injury claims. Medical bills, emotional pain and suffering and loss of wages are among damages commonly listed in such claims. Many victims of pedestrian accidents are children.

All motorists are obligated to keep pedestrians, including children, as safe as possible by acting with caution each time they drive. Injuries caused by motorists to pedestrian children are often very serious, if not fatal. When a child has been injured in a motor vehicle crash, a parent or legal guardian may pursue legal action against the motorist deemed responsible. 

There are several options available to anyone injured in a pedestrian accident in Alaska. In certain situations, an injured pedestrian may also be found partially negligent if he or she was walking on a roadway closed to pedestrians or otherwise acted in such a way so as to contribute to the cause of an accident. Alaska is a pure comparative negligence state, meaning that a judgment awarded to a plaintiff who was also at fault will be reduced by the plaintiff's percentage of responsibility for the accident. Anyone considering filing a personal injury claim may seek clarification of the laws and guidelines that govern such matters by asking an experienced attorney for advice as to how best to proceed in court.

Source: FindLaw, "Pedestrian Accidents", Accessed on Aug. 30, 2016

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