Pedestrian Accidents

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Pedestrian accident lawyersIf you are a pedestrian who has been injured, 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 as a result of negligence in car crashes, bus accidents and truck collisions.

Experience and Results in Massachusetts Pedestrian Accident Cases

Read about our verdicts and settlements:
$7.1 Million - MBTA bus runs over pedestrian
Our attorneys secured a $7.1 million verdict for our client who was hit by an MBTA bus in a South Boston crosswalk.

$2.15 Million - Pedestrian injured by crash at strip mall
Our attorneys negotiated a $2.15 million settlement after our client was struck by a vehicle as he left a strip mall. There were no pedestrian bollards near the crash site.

$1.375 Million - Pedestrian hit by speeding MBTA bus
Our attorneys reached a $1.375 million settlement for our client who was struck by an MBTA bus in Roxbury.

$1.25 Million - Pedestrian struck in crosswalk and killed
Our attorneys negotiated a $1.25 million settlement for the family of a woman who was struck and killed in a crosswalk.

$1.2 Million - Car accident injured pedestrian
Our attorneys negotiated a $1.2 million settlement for our client, a pedestrian who was hit by an elderly driver on a sidewalk.

$1.1 Million - Pedestrian car crash resulting in head injury
Our attorney negotiated a $1.1 million settlement for our client who suffered a closed head injury and a shattered leg bone.

Read more on our Case Reports page or for a free legal consultation, contact our firm at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676. You can also use our contact form.


More on this page:

Types of Pedestrian Accidents | Massachusetts Pedestrian Laws | Pursuing Financial Compensation After a Pedestrian Crash | Choose a Boston Pedestrian Accident Lawyer


Types of Pedestrian Accidents

Overhead view of bus accident involving a pedestrian

Drivers who speed, who fail to yield, or who are distracted cause many pedestrian accidents. Drunk drivers frequently cause injuries. There are also hit and run drivers, who cause 20 percent of all pedestrian fatalities, according to AAA.

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. Pedestrian accidents can also happen right in crosswalks.

Pedestrians can be injured by cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles and even bicycles. Pedestrian accident often occur near schools, where Massachusetts drivers are required by law to obey 20 mph speed limit. Drivers also have a responsibility to stop for school buses which often discharge students who need to cross busy streets.


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

In Massachusetts, 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. M.G.L. c. 90, § 17.

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.


What Should I Do After a Pedestrian Accident in Massachusetts?

Pedestrian accident

Once you have received medical treatment, consult a Boston pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn your legal rights.

Immediate investigation and preservation of evidence is often a critical element in proving personal injury and wrongful death cases involving pedestrians. Investigation may involve examination of the scene of the car accident and the gathering of witness statements. Video surveillance is also important evidence in pedestrian accidents, and our firm is skilled in identifying potential sources.

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. At the same time, do not share information about your accident on social media or discuss it with others.


Pursuing Financial Compensation After a Pedestrian Accident in Massachusetts

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

After a car accident, it is important to determine who was at fault and who may be responsible for compensating the injured pedestrian. If a driver is at fault, the victim may typically seek compensation from that driver’s Massachusetts auto insurance policy. But it is often more complicated. For instance, a truck driver or bus driver can cause injury on the job. In these cases, their employer may also be held liable.

Our attorneys can help you determine all the potential sources of compensation during the investigation.

When a pedestrian dies as a result of a crash, a family member may be named executor of the deceased’s estate. Under Massachusetts law, this person may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver. In this situation, it is essential to consult with a Massachusetts-based lawyer with experience representing plaintiffs in both pedestrian accident and wrongful death cases.


Choose the Best Boston Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

If you have 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.

Free Legal Consultation - Boston Pedestrian Car Crash Lawyer
If you have been injured by a negligent driver and wish to speak to a lawyer, please call Breakstone, White & Gluck toll free at 800-379-1244 or 617-723-7676. You can also use our contact form. Breakstone, White & Gluck provides a free legal consultation and our Boston office is conveniently located in Government Center.


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
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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
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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
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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
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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