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How to Handle a Car Accident Involving a Non-Occupant

Car accidents involve complex legal issues to sort through, particularly when one of the parties was not occupying a vehicle at the time of the accident. Accidents involving non-occupants, such as bicyclists and pedestrians, have unique liability issues and must be handled carefully. Get the facts on what to do in the wake of a car accident with a non-occupant.

Car Accidents Involving Bicyclists

In most cases, bicyclists are required to ride as far to the right side of the road as possible, and must use a bike lane when one is available. There are certain instances in which a bicyclist may move out of this designated area, including:

  • The bicyclist must leave the lane to keep up with moving traffic.

  • The lane is too narrow to share with passing cars.

  • The bicyclist needs to make a left turn.

  • The bicyclist needs to avoid debris and other hazards.

If a bicyclist leaves the right side of the road or the bike lane for any other reason, or operates their bike while distracted or intoxicated, they may be held responsible for any accidents that occur as a result of their actions.

Car Accidents Involving Pedestrians

Most of the time, a pedestrian has right-of-way. However, there are certain situations in which pedestrians may be held responsible for an accident. These scenarios include the following:

  • The pedestrian jaywalked or crossed in the middle of the street.

  • The pedestrian crossed when the traffic signal said “Do Not Walk.”

  • The pedestrian entered a street or highway while intoxicated.

  • The pedestrian walked along areas where pedestrian access is prohibited.

In these types of situations, the pedestrian would bear most or all of the blame for any accident that results. Therefore, the driver involved in the accident may be able to sue the pedestrian for any injuries or damages they sustained in the incident.

Injured in a Car Accident? We Can Protect Your Rights

In the event of a car accident, many people assume the driver is at-fault. However, there are many situations in which this is not the case. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, our Corpus Christi car accident attorneys are prepared to protect your rights.

Contact Bandas Law Firm, P.C. at (361) 238-2789 to learn how we can help you.