Many people are under the misconception that drivers are not at fault if they hit pedestrians who are jaywalking. However, drivers who hit jaywalking pedestrians may still be at fault. Even though pedestrians have the responsibility for exercising reasonable care to maintain their own safety, other factors can influence who is at fault for accidents involving pedestrians and motor vehicles.
Drivers may speed, drive recklessly, or ignore traffic laws, putting pedestrians at serious risk for injury. However, all drivers are responsible for exercising a reasonable amount of care whenever operating their vehicles and for following traffic laws. If they fail to do so, they may be held legally liable for any accidents or injuries that result. If you are involved and injured in a pedestrian accident, you should consult an attorney regarding your legal rights.