Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents2018-05-03T11:33:37+00:00

Mississippi Accident Lawyer Upholding the Rights of Injured Pedestrians

Helping bicyclists and pedestrians recover rightful compensation

With the cost of gas and a struggling economy, many Mississippians are walking and bicycling instead of driving. However, these activities can be dangerous. If you are hit by a car while jogging or walking, your life may be changed forever. In fact, many pedestrian accident victims who survive sustain permanent damage and experience lifelong pain and disability.

Van Cleave Law possess a highly experienced and competent injury lawyer who serves Gulfport and the state of Mississippi. When you seek our help, you speak directly with Christopher Van Cleave who explains the law to you in an easy-to-understand manner. From our office in Biloxi, we work quickly to determine who caused your injury and the best way to help you obtain the compensation you need to move on with your life.

Common causes and places for pedestrian accidents

Not every pedestrian accident happens when a person is crossing the street. In some cases, a distracted driver swerves off the road. Pedestrians who text and walk may not see a vehicle leaving or entering a driveway or parking lot. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:

  • Reckless driving — Drivers who speed or fail to stop at stop signs and red lights may collide with fixed objects, other vehicles, bicyclists or pedestrians.
  • Fatigue — A fatigued driver may not see a pedestrian or cyclist ahead.
  • Intoxication — Drunk drivers are a danger to everyone, including pedestrians. However, a pedestrian drunk or intoxicated by drugs may behave erratically and wander into the street.

Pedestrian accidents often happen in parking lots and parking garages and on sidewalks and local roads. A collision with a car or truck can cause catastrophic injuries or even death. If your loved one died after being hit by a car, our skilled attorney can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Types of pedestrian injuries

Since pedestrians are fully exposed, they often suffer serious and sometimes fatal injuries when struck by motorcycles, trucks and cars. If you survive a pedestrian accident, you may sustain a head or back injury. A serious condition such as paraplegia or traumatic brain injury permanently alters your life. Recovering from a catastrophic injury can be a long, painful and expensive experience. Our tenacious team immediately investigate your case, gathering evidence and determining who is liable so you can seek maximum compensation.

Bicycle laws

Mississippi adopted a universal bicycle helmet law in 1974. If you fail to wear a helmet and suffer serious injury, the fact that you were not wearing the mandated gear may affect your case. Furthermore, if you are riding at night, you must make yourself visible. Regardless of whether you are a biking enthusiast or athlete, you must abide by traffic laws and regulations. In fact, you have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles.

Schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced injury lawyer today.

If a pedestrian accident changed your life, turn to Van Cleave Law. Our highly qualified legal team works diligently to help you obtain the money you need to rebuild your life.  To schedule your free initial consultation with our skilled attorney, call 228.432.7826 or contact us online. We serve clients in Biloxi, Gulfport, and throughout Mississippi.

Van Cleave Law can begin to evaluate your case today.

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