Are You The Victim Of A Pedestrian Accident?
Pedestrians have no protection from a bad driver, but an accident attorney can fight for you.
Why Hire An Accident Attorney?
If you’ve been hit by a car, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and lost wages.
Unfortunately, insurance companies often try to settle pedestrian accident claims by offering victims a small amount of money – not enough to cover their medical bills or other expenses while they’re out of work. In some cases, they’re hoping that you’ll give up and settle; they don’t really care what’s best for you, but they do care about the company’s bottom line.
You may want to work with a Texas pedestrian accident attorney who’s willing to fight hard for them. Your lawyer can ensure that your claim is fully investigated – and he’ll help you hold the insurance company accountable.
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Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Most pedestrian accidents happen when it’s dark outside (a full 72 percent of them, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
If you were injured by a motor vehicle while on foot, you need to know that there are laws in place to protect pedestrians – and you could be eligible to sue the person who hit you.
Common Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents
Most injuries occur at the point where the car impacts the pedestrian, but secondary injuries are also possible. Secondary injuries occur after the car hits a person and the person is thrown into another object or hits the ground.
Some of the most common pedestrian injuries include:
– Brain injuries – Hemorrhages – Bruises
– Concussions – Broken Bones – Whiplash
– Torn muscles & ligaments – Cuts – Spinal cord injuries
Injuries don’t have to be physical, either. In some cases, judges award victims damages for anxiety, depression, intense emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life.
What Are Drivers Responsible For?
Drivers are responsible for avoiding pedestrians on the road – even when the pedestrian isn’t in a crosswalk.
In Texas, drivers have to yield the right-of-way to people walking; they can even be charged with a crime for failing to yield.
Pedestrians have responsibilities, too, including obeying “Do Not Walk” signals and using sidewalks when they’re available.
However, even if you didn’t uphold your responsibilities on the roadway as a pedestrian, that doesn’t mean you can’t file a lawsuit for being hit by a car.