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Houston Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

If a negligent driver hit you or your loved one, call Ramsey Law Group. Our pedestrian accident attorneys dedicate themselves to helping injured people, just like you, move forward with their lives. There is no one more vulnerable in an accident than a pedestrian, and Ramsey Law Group is sympathetic towards the lifelong injuries and losses victims of pedestrian accidents endure.

Ramsey Law Group believes it is important to hold motorists responsible for the pain, suffering, and other losses caused by their negligence. We represent victims not only in Houston but across America and are:

  • Recognized in our local community as leaders in service;
  • Nationally noted for excellence in legal representation; and
  • Recommended by our clients for outstanding legal advocacy.

Contact us today and schedule a free consultation regarding your legal options. If you need medical care, our Houston pedestrian accident attorneys can refer you to a medical provider. Ramsey Law Group represents clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay legal fees until we win your claim.

A Pedestrian Accident Attorney Can Help

Ramsey Law Group will protect you from making mistakes when dealing with the insurance companies that might affect your settlement. Additionally, our attorneys will evaluate your case to ensure any compensation you accept accounts for both your present and future accident-related needs.

We do this by:

  • Investigating your accident;
  • Identifying and pursuing all sources of compensation;
  • Analyzing your medical records;
  • Hiring needed experts;
  • Negotiating a settlement on your behalf; or
  • Filing a lawsuit and proceeding to trial.

Do not sign any documents or make a statement to an insurance company without speaking to one of our pedestrian accident attorneys. You could be signing away your right to further compensation. Speak with Ramsey Law Group today for a no-obligation review of your claim.

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Types of Damages You Can Recover

Pedestrian accident victims may be able to recover damages, or compensation, for the following: 

Medical Bills

Emergency services, hospitalizations, surgeries, doctor visits, prescription medications, physical and rehabilitative therapy, in-home care, and any other previous and ongoing medical care expenses related to the accident injury. 

Lost Wages

Compensation for any income you lose from being unable to work while you recover and will likely lose in the future. If you experience a decrease in your ability to earn an income or are forced to go into a different line of work, you can also obtain damages for diminished earning capacity. 

Pain and Suffering

Subjective losses for the physical and/or emotional pain and suffering the accident has caused you. Different factors are taken into account when calculating this type of damages, such as the degree of the at-fault party’s negligence, the severity of your injuries, the impact they have on your life, and more. 

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are not awarded in every pedestrian accident case. They are designed to punish a defendant and deter bad conduct. 

How Is Fault Proven in a Pedestrian Accident Case?

Determining fault in a pedestrian accident case is an often complex and challenging process. Victims tend to suffer severe injuries, sometimes to the point that they cannot make a statement at the scene. In these cases, the driver’s statement to the police can influence an investigation’s outcome, leaving the victim at a disadvantage. 

In order for a Houston pedestrian accident attorney to establish who was in the wrong and prove fault, they will need to consider various factors. This requires a thorough investigation, including accident reconstruction experts, witnesses, police reports, doctors, and more.

Drivers are responsible for driving with a reasonable duty of care. They should not speed, drive distracted, or fail to follow the rules of the road. Extreme caution is also expected to be used around children. Since children can be unpredictable in their movements, drivers must exercise extra care in residential areas and around schools or playgrounds. 

Contrary to popular belief, pedestrians may not always have the right of way in traffic. Pedestrians are responsible for maintaining a degree of care to protect themselves. It is illegal to jaywalk, ignore walk signals, or dart into traffic. Doing so could be considered contributory negligence in an accident case, making them all or partially at fault. 

How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Pedestrian Accident Attorney?

Most pedestrian accident attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis, which means it does not cost any money out-of-pocket to hire one. A contingency fee is an amount you pay your attorney that is contingent on the outcome of the case, specifically whether your claim is tried to a verdict or settled in your favor. You do not owe any legal fees unless there is money recovered on your behalf. 

Ultimately, this is an ideal scenario for both pedestrian accident attorneys and their clients. You don’t have to worry about paying more bills while the case is ongoing, and your attorney can be more focused on winning than allocating the correct number of hours.

The fee, generally, is a percentage of the total compensation. While this percentage can differ by firm, the standard is around 33%. So, if you received $300,000 in compensation, $100,000 would go towards attorney fees.

Pedestrian Accidents and Injuries

It is vital to the safety of pedestrians and motorists to stay alert anytime they are in the presence of one another. Drivers have an advantage over pedestrians while riding, surrounded by the safety of their vehicles. In contrast, pedestrians lack any protection from oncoming cars.

Driver negligence is the leading cause of pedestrian accidents. Drivers collide with passengers when:

  • Failing to stop at crosswalks;
  • Failing to yield at intersections;
  • Driving on sidewalks;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Driving drowsy;
  • Speeding; and
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Pedestrians may suffer severe or even life-threatening injuries when hit by a car including, but not limited to:

  • Head and neck injuries;
  • Brain injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI);
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Back injuries;
  • Broken bones;
  • Amputations;
  • Disfigurement; and
  • Death.

What to do After a Pedestrian Accident

After a pedestrian accident, call for emergency help and contact the police. Many accident injuries can take days to become apparent, especially brain injuries. Therefore, get medical care immediately.

Try to take down the name of the driver, vehicle registration, and insurance information. If unable to do so, the officer will do so when he or she arrives. Do not give a statement or sign any documents from the insurance company representing the driver.

Finally, call an experienced Houston personal injury attorney to explain your legal rights and guidance on proceeding with a claim. Ramsey Law Group can review your accident, the extent of your injuries, and your medical records to estimate the value of your claim.

Contact Ramsey Law Group Today

At Ramsey Law Group, we want you to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. Call us today for representation in Houston, Texas, or nationwide: (713) 489-7577. Or send us a message online.