It is fairly common knowledge that pedestrians have the right of way when crossing the road, especially in slow-moving places like parking lots. Despite this, many pedestrians yield to oncoming cars simply because they know that even if they have the right of way, they could suffer serious injuries if they are struck by a car. Unfortunately, not all drivers respect the pedestrian right of way.
There are many reasons that a vehicle may strike a pedestrian, from the driver simply not paying attention, to the driver not waiting for the pedestrian to cross. Drivers who are looking for a parking spot may not even realize that a pedestrian is walking in front of them, but sometimes drivers intentionally attempt to use the size of their vehicle to intimidate pedestrians. If the pedestrian attempts to use his or her right of way, the results could be disastrous.
Of course parking lots are not the only places that such accidents occur. Imagine you are at a crowded intersection in the middle of a big city. The crosswalk signal indicates that it is your turn to cross because the light for oncoming traffic is red. However, the vehicle in front of you wants to turn right on red, and, not realizing that you are about to walk in front of them, they begin moving.
As a pedestrian, you should always be aware of the vehicles moving around you, whether you live in a small town in Virginia or a big city in New York. Even if you are in the right, you will lose in the event of a collision. However, if you do find yourself in a pedestrian accident in which you were not at fault, you could file a claim against the driver. Our pedestrian accident webpage can give you more information about potential compensation, which will be able to help you with any financial obligations that your injuries incur.