Injured While Running in the Street
Many joggers in the Portland area choose to run in the street rather than on the sidewalk. Because the pavement is generally more even on the street, it can be easier on the knees and joints. But can they sue if they are struck by a vehicle while in the street? Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer and will depend on the facts of your case. A personal injury lawyer can examine your situation to determine if you may be able to sue for damages.
The law is that pedestrians (including joggers) are required to use the sidewalk if one is available. If there is no sidewalk available, they should run on the shoulder of the road as close to the edge as possible (facing oncoming traffic). They should also yield the right of way to all vehicles, including bikes. This includes running or walking in bike lanes.
If a jogger is struck while not obeying these laws, they may be barred from recovering damages. But if a driver is found to be negligent (for example, driving drunk or texting while driving), it may be possible to still recover damages. A personal injury lawyer can discuss the facts of your case during your free consultation to determine if you are potentially eligible for damages. If so, they will aggressively fight to get you the money you deserve.
At Johnson Law, we have helped many pedestrians injured by vehicles. These accidents often involve serious damages that require the help of an experienced injury lawyer. We will do everything we possibly can to achieve the best results possible for your injuries. For a free consultation to discuss your injuries, contact Johnson Law right away.