Dallas Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Taking a walk on a beautiful day can be a great experience. Walking for exercise can help keep you fit. But what happens when you’re taking a walk, minding your own business, and a car or a truck or other vehicle hits you? You need experienced Dallas pedestrian accident lawyers to help make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Some insurance companies will try to blame the pedestrian for the accident so they can avoid paying a claim.
You should seek legal advice right away — before you speak to an insurance adjuster or sign any legally binding papers!
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident caused by the driver of any type of motor vehicle, then you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, loss of wages and possible future wages, and more.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Pedestrian accidents are more common than you might think. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), In 2015, 5,376 pedestrians in the United States died as a result of being hit by a vehicle. That averages out to one traffic-related pedestrian death every 1.6 hours. In addition, nearly 130,000 pedestrians suffered non-life threatening injuries after being hit while walking or jogging. In 2016, in Texas alone, 678 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
While some vehicle-pedestrian accidents are caused by jaywalking, or a pedestrian who was looking down at their phone and stepped into oncoming traffic, the vast majority of pedestrian accidents are caused by drivers. Common scenarios where a driver is at fault include:
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs
- Distracted driving — including texting while driving or talking on a cell phone
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
- Speeding or aggressive driving
- Failure to yield right of way to pedestrians
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Backing out of a parking space or driveway without checking for pedestrians
The at-fault driver’s insurance company may try to claim that you are partially at fault for the accident, saying you were walking too fast or too slow, didn’t look both ways before crossing the street, or some other scenario. If the police report indicates you were partially at fault, you may still be entitled to claim damages, as long as you were 50% or less at fault. The amount of any damages or settlement may be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you by the police.
Potential Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
If a vehicle is moving at a relatively high rate of speed, the injuries a pedestrian suffers can be very severe. Even a slow moving vehicle that hits a pedestrian in a parking lot can cause broken bones. Our Dallas pedestrian accident lawyers have experience helping clients get compensation for all types of injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of a limb
- Fractures, including broken legs, broke arms, broken back
- Internal organ injuries
- Neck injuries, including whiplash
- Concussions and their aftermath
- Cuts, scrapes, and bruising
Getting Insurance Compensation
If you were injured by a vehicle while you were walking, jogging, running, or just standing waiting for the bus, we can help you file a claim for insurance compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Consulting with a Dallas pedestrian accident lawyer can help you cut through the red tape to get a settlement that covers your medical expenses, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
If you were injured by a hit and run driver who was never found, or the driver who was at fault is uninsured or has too little insurance, we may be able to help you get compensation through the uninsured / underinsured motorist coverage on your own auto insurance policy.
Talk to Experienced Dallas Pedestrian Accident Lawyers for Free
Speaking to one of our experienced Dallas pedestrian accident lawyers doesn’t cost you anything except a little bit of your time. At your initial consultation, we’ll talk with you about the accident, the extent of your injuries, and discuss any offers the insurance company(ies) have already made to help you decide how to move forward.