Students Injured in Del City Pedestrian Accident

Three Del City High School students were struck by a vehicle earlier this week as they attempted to cross the street during their lunch hour.  While one of the sophomore girls involved was released into the custody of her parents, the two others were transported to a local hospital.  School officials indicated that the accident was not a hit and run accident, and the driver remained at the scene.  Fire department spokesman Maj. Brandon Pursell says that 1900 block of Sunnylane Road, where the girls were struck, has a history of pedestrian-vehicle accident, but that city officials have worked to improve the safety of the area by adding lighting and improving crosswalks.  Though the girls were crossing in a school zone at the time of the accident, they were not using the designated crosswalk. Oklahoma City auto accident attorneys handling pedestrian accidents know that when an unprotected person is hit by a car or other motor vehicle, the injuries can be devastating.  Spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and vital organ damage can be permanently disabling or fatal.  Statistics show that approximately 5,000 pedestrians are killed in traffic accidents in the United States each year--one every two hours.  Every eight minutes, a pedestrian is injured in an automobile accident.  These injured pedestrians, and the families of those fatally wounded, are entitled to compensation for their injuries from the reckless and careless drivers who struck them. Automobile accident lawyers in Oklahoma City represent pedestrians and their families suffering from an accident caused by:

  • Distracted drivers
  • Drunk drivers
  • Speeding
  • Failure to obey traffic signals
  • Failure to watch for children near schools, parks, or in neighborhoods
  • Unsafe road conditions
  • Poorly designed or inadequately marked crosswalks
  • Malfunctioning traffic signals
  • Motor vehicle defects
In some cases, the pedestrian accident occurs strictly as a result of driver negligence.  However, in many cases, the pedestrian may have acted carelessly and contributed to his or her own injuries.  This is known as comparative negligence, and it does not prohibit an injured pedestrian from seeking damages in a personal injury lawsuit.  Ways in which a pedestrian may contribute to his or her own accident include:
  • Failing to cross at designated crosswalks
  • Darting into traffic
  • Failing to obey traffic signals
In Oklahoma, a pedestrian's comparative negligence may reduce the amount of financial compensation awarded, but it does not mean that pedestrian is unable to recover a financial award, as in the case of pure contributory negligence.  Oklahoma follows a "modified comparative negligence--50% rule" in determining whether a person holds some fault in his or her accident can receive compensation.  If the injured party was 49% at fault or less, damages may be awarded.  If the injured person's was 50% at fault or greater, he or she is prohibited from recovering a damage award. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, even if you think you may be partially at fault, it is important to consult an Oklahoma City automobile accident lawyer handling pedestrian accident claims.  Your attorney can determine whether or not you are eligible to seek financial compensation and can bring a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against those fully or partially at fault.

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