Frequently when we see stories about traffic accidents, the focus is on the drivers and the passengers. Less frequently asked is the question of whether there were any pedestrians involved, but in a modern society in which people on foot must coexist with automobiles and trucks on a daily basis, the rights of the pedestrian can too easily forgotten. Some drivers can lose sight of the fact that it is not just other drivers they need to be looking out for, and the result can be that something as simple as crossing a street can become a life-altering injury event instead.
If a car driver wrongly contests your right-of-way as a pedestrian, it can be for a variety of reasons: he was on the phone, texting or talking; or was distracted by a passenger or something else happening in the car, like groping for that cigarette lighter that fell to the floor; or maybe even under the influence of alcohol or some other intoxicant that reduced his ability to react properly to your presence in the crosswalk. Regardless of the reason why you are struck, the outcome is usually the same: you lose, at least in the short term.