It is customarily required that all drivers yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, even if the driver would otherwise have the right of way. Failure to stop for a pedestrian could result in criminal charges or fines for the driver who did not do so. The Massachusetts laws regarding pedestrians involved with car accidents can seriously affect those who were involved with such accidents.
The law allows a victim of an accident to provide evidence that the perpetrator acted in violation of an applicable safety law, resulting in the accident. A victim who is injured by a driver while in a marked crosswalk may be able to recover for his injuries. Someone who has been so injured could suffer further losses as a result of their injuries, including the inability to work or supply wages for their household. Damages could include medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages. An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to assist victims of car accidents in obtaining the compensation that they deserve.
Source: The MetroWest Daily News, “Hit-and-run pedestrian crash in Framingham,” Jan. 14, 2013