Pedestrian Accidents In Houston
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Walking is fun and healthy for both children and adults. Unfortunately, though, hundreds of pedestrians are fatally injured by vehicles in Texas each year, and many more sustain serious injuries. If you are a pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle, you need an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer to ensure you receive fair and full compensation.
Common Pedestrian Injuries
Even the largest, fittest human is no match for even the tiniest car. When a pedestrian is hit by a car, injuries are nearly inevitable. Due to the momentum of the car being transferred into the person’s body, the victim is typically flung several feet or even yards, depending on the car’s speed. The most common injuries include:
· Broken bones
· Brain injuries
· Spinal injuries
· Loss of limbs
Common Causes for Pedestrian Accidents
Most drivers claim not to have the seen the pedestrian until it was too late. Common causes include:
· Failing to maintain control of the vehicle
· Not stopping in time to avoid pedestrians in a crosswalk
· Drinking and driving
· Failing to stop at a stop sign
· Visual obstructions such as bad weather or darkness
· Traffic slowdowns
Pedestrian Laws and Comparative Negligence
Pedestrians are also responsible for conducting themselves safely on the road. Pedestrian laws in Texas include, but are not limited to, using sidewalks when available (or walking on the left side of the road, facing traffic, when there is no sidewalk), crossing the street at crosswalks, and following traffic signals.
Texas has a comparative negligence law, which reduces your damages by the percentage you are found at fault for the accident. If you were walking unsafely, you should expect to bear some of the burden. If you are found to be 51% or more at fault, you may not collect damages at all. Therefore, it is essential for you to choose a skilled pedestrian accident lawyer who will fight for every dollar you deserve.
What Kinds of Compensation Are Available?
Pedestrians who are hit by a vehicle may be eligible for different kinds of compensation, depending on exactly what happened in the accident. These include:
Economic damages: Economic damages are quantifiable, such as medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity. To ensure that you receive full compensation, we must determine what your future accident-related expenses will be.
General damages: General damages are very real, but they are difficult to quantify. These include loss of quality of life, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.
Punitive damages: Punitive damages are awarded only when there is clear intentional misconduct or gross negligence. A classic example is a drunk driver.
What Should I Expect?
You should inform your own insurance company of the accident within 24 hours. Both lawyers and insurance companies will conduct independent investigations, which may include police reports, witness statements, and forensic evidence, and then attempt to negotiate a settlement. You may be contacted by someone from the opposing side. If this happens, call us immediately. You should never sign anything or give a statement without your attorney’s guidance.
If we successfully reach a settlement, we will let you know. Otherwise, we will help you prepare for trial. Either way, we are by your side through every step of the process.
If you were involved in a pedestrian accident in Houston, contact Roberts Markland LLP today at 713-630-0900 for a free case review and consultation.