When a person on the street is hit by a car or truck, chances are it will result in a serious injury or death. The speed and weight of the vehicle compared to that of the person gives it a deadly advantage. Often, accidents involving pedestrians are the result of a driver being careless or distracted.
Driving too fast, taking a corner too sharply, driving drunk, or driving while texting is just some of the distracted driving behaviors that may prevent a vehicle operator from seeing pedestrians and hitting them while driving. If you have been injured, contact our Texas pedestrian accident lawyers today for a free case evaluation.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
These accidents can lead to everything from broken bones to massive head injuries, internal and external bleeding, and sometimes death. Ramsey Law Group understands how daunting it can be to be the victim of a pedestrian accident and have to not only focus on getting better, but also to navigate dealing with insurance companies and holding the responsible party accountable. We have worked on numerous personal injury cases for clients injured by a vehicle while on foot, and take pride in our ability to help them during this trying time for their families.
The actions of the driver and the pedestrian, as well as the environment where the accident takes place, need to be evaluated before a legal course of action is determined. Even when pedestrians have taken steps to be careful, like not jaywalking, avoiding busy streets, and not walking at night, accidents can still happen.
The size and type of vehicle, and the speed at which they are driving can all impact the severity of a pedestrian injury. Additionally, there are specific laws that may require more scrutiny when evaluating a case. For example, Texas has specific traffic safety laws for those operating a motor vehicle around school zones and construction sites, both of which contain a higher number of pedestrians daily and also have strict speed limit laws.
Looking at all of the nuanced legal aspects of a claim and gathering evidence from police, witnesses, hospital reports, and other relevant sources allows us to build a strong case to help an injured pedestrian. Ultimately, we assist our client in seeking compensation for medical costs, any lost income associated with missing work to heal or because they are permanently disabled, payment for therapy, and to help with pain and suffering.
WHAT CAUSES A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT?
Almost every pedestrian accident is caused by the negligence or inattentiveness of a car or motorcycle driver. Drivers get distracted when talking on cell phones, eating while driving, programming a GPS, and applying makeup while driving and this distractedness causes pedestrian accidents.
Driver confusion when a driver is unfamiliar with the area is also a common cause of auto-pedestrian crashes. In busy cities, aggressive driving is a top cause of pedestrian accidents. In addition to distracted driving, speeding, and aggression, other causes of a pedestrian accident can include: intoxicated driving, failing to stop or yield, improper lane use, weather conditions, left-hand turns, unmarked crosswalks, road construction, back over accidents, and more.
WHAT ARE THE TOP TIPS FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN TEXAS?
Pedestrian safety remains a top concern as more and more Americans head outdoors to hike and bike for their health. Some of the top tips for pedestrian safety include:
Follow the rules of the road, including obeying traffic signs and signals.
Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
Stay alert at all times.
Cross streets at crosswalks and/or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians.
Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
Never assume a driver sees you.
Be visible by wearing bright clothing during the day and reflective items at night.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU ARE A PEDESTRIAN WHO WAS HIT BY A CAR?
A pedestrian hit by a car should call the police, take photographs of the accident scene and of the car that hit you, get witnesses’ names, and call your insurance company. If you are hurt, seek medical attention immediately. If the pain is severe, go to the emergency room. After contacting the police, exchanging information, and gather evidence – if possible – and receiving medical care, the next step should be to consult with a Houston personal injury lawyer.
While your primary legal claim will likely be against the driver of the car that hit you, you might also be able to bring a claim against other responsible parties – such as the municipality in which you were hit – if something they control contributed to or caused your pedestrian accident.
Get Professional Help
If you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident, contact Ramsey Law Group at 1-888-335-7477 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We can get you the help you need handling the insurance company and legal proceeding and can help you and your family get through this trying time.