Pedestrian Accidents

Injury Attorneys with Over 100 Years Combined Experience Representing the Injured in Pedestrian Accident Cases

Pedestrian accident lawyersIf you are a pedestrian who has been injured in an accident, the lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck, P.C. of Boston are prepared to give you the best representation in your case. We have decades of experience representing pedestrians who have suffered personal injuries or wrongful death.

Pedestrian accidents typically occur while crossing streets, but can also happen when one walks along the side of a street or in parking lots, recreational areas, and when cars crash onto sidewalks. Pedestrians can be injured by cars, trucks, motorcycles, or even bicycles. Massachusetts law favors the rights of pedestrians over vehicles of any type. Usually pedestrians have the right of way, but the right of way is not absolute.

Read about our personal injury attorneys' experience representing clients in pedestrian accident cases:

MBTA bus runs over pedestrian: $7.1 million
Pedestrian accident, bus crash: $1.375 million
Pedestrian struck in crosswalk and killed: $1.25 million
Car accident injured pedestrian: $1.2 million
Car accident leaves pedestrian with head injury: $1.1 million

Read more on our Case Reports page or contact our firm at 800-379-1244 for a free legal consultation.

Overhead view of bus accident involving a pedestrian

Massachusetts Pedestrian Crosswalk Law

Under Massachusetts law, a pedestrian crossing a street in a crosswalk, or at an intersection with either the "Walk" signal or on a green light, has the right of way. M.G.L. c. 89, § 11 provides:

When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be so to yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk marked in accordance with standards established by the department of highways if the pedestrian is on that half of the traveled part of the way on which the vehicle is traveling or if the pedestrian approaches from the opposite half of the traveled part of the way to within 10 feet of that half of the traveled part of the way on which said vehicle is traveling.

No driver of a vehicle shall pass any other vehicle which has stopped at a marked crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross, nor shall any such operator enter a marked crosswalk while a pedestrian is crossing or until there is a sufficient space beyond the crosswalk to accommodate the vehicle he is operating, notwithstanding that a traffic control signal may indicate that vehicles may proceed.

Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $200.

Whenever a pedestrian is injured by a motor vehicle in a marked crosswalk, the department of state police or the municipal police department with jurisdiction of the street, in consultation with department of state police if deemed appropriate, shall conduct an investigation into the cause of the injury and any violation of this section or other law or ordinance and shall issue the appropriate civil or criminal citation or file an application for the appropriate criminal complaint, if any. This section shall not limit the ability of a district attorney or the attorney general to seek an indictment in connection with the operation of a motor vehicle which causes injury or death and which violates this section.

Approaching and Passing Vehicles Have a Duty to Slow

Pedestrians walking on roadways are also entitled to the right of way, and approaching and passing vehicles have a duty to slow, give plenty of room, and to pass only when it is reasonably safe to do so. The right of way, however, is not absolute, and pedestrians must always use reasonable caution. Pedestrians crossing state highways must ordinarily yield to highway traffic, and in cities, where crosswalks are present, city ordinances and state law may require the pedestrian to cross at a corner or a crosswalk.

Injuries suffered by pedestrians are often severe, and typically include fractures, back injuries, internal organ injuries, head injuries and wrongful death. We will work to get you the best recovery, and will use the best experts on questions of liability, injuries, and economic damages.

What to Do if You are an Injured Pedestrian

Pedestrian accidentImmediate investigation and preservation of evidence is often a critical element in proving a personal injury and wrongful death cases involving pedestrians. Investigation may involve examination of the scene of the accident and the gathering of witness statements. After a pedestrian accident, it is also critical for your lawyer to establish contact with the investigating authorities, such as the local and state police. If you or a family member has been injured, you should not give statements to insurance investigators before you are represented by an attorney who will protect your rights.

Choose the Best Boston Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

If you have been suffered an accident as a pedestrian, it is essential that you hire a qualified accident lawyer to handle your case. The lawyers at Breakstone, White & Gluck, P.C., are experienced in working with top experts and getting the best compensation for injured pedestrians. The attorneys at our firm handle cases from initial investigation, through trial, and, if necessary, all appeals. We will work hard to get you the best results.

Because the Massachusetts Statute of Limitations applies to these cases, victims have a limited time frame in which to file their case. It is vital that you act immediately to protect your rights.

If you have been injured as a pedestrian accident and wish to speak to a lawyer, please call us at 617-723-7676 (or toll free at 1-800-379-1244), or use our contact form. Breakstone, White & Gluck provides a free legal consultation and our Boston office is conveniently located in Government Center in Boston.

Kind Words From a Pedestrian Accident Tragedy Client

“We retained Marc Breakstone to represent the estate of a pedestrian killed in a bus accident. As fiduciaries for the estate, we had a duty to obtain the best possible outcome for the family. We selected Marc from among Boston's finest attorneys due to his past success in these very difficult cases. He was amazingly thorough and obtained an excellent settlement that will continue to help the decedent's widow and two adult disabled children for many years to come. Thank you Marc.”

Check out other kind words from our clients on our Testimonials page.

Client Reviews
David really cared about me as an individual…and he really cared about seeking the justice that needed to be sought in the case. Peter
Ron got the insurance company to settle for the maximum on the policy. And so as a result of that, my son went back to school. Jeff
Marc just guided us through the whole process. He told us exactly what would happen and how we needed to go about doing everything. Jesenia
I would recommend David…The outcome of my case, I was very pleased with it. I hope I don't have another accident, but if I do we'll be back to see David. Paul
Ron was excellent. He was on top of everything. He answered every question. John
Marc was extremely professional. I felt very confident that he knew exactly what he was doing. This is his area of practice and I had total confidence in him and I actually have recommended him to other people who have been in accidents. Josh