If you are a pedestrian who has been injured in an accident, it is important to understand your legal rights and options. This guide will provide you with basic information about accident law, and explain how a pedestrian can file a claim after being injured.
Keep in mind that every case is unique, so please consult with an attorney for specific advice. Contact Roxell Richards Law Firm and get your case reviewed for FREE!
What is a pedestrian accident?
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users. In 2021, there were 5,366 crashes in the state that involved pedestrians. Most often, those involved in a pedestrian accident, end up either having catastrophic injury or death. Thus, it’s always important to know how to prevent these types of accidents and also what to do if you’re ever in one.
First, to be able to prevent getting hit by a car is to learn more about it. Oftentimes when we hear or read about a pedestrian accident, we only think of people not looking both ways when they are crossing the street. However, there are more reasons why these happen.
Here are the common reasons why these types of accident cases happen:
- Pedestrians fail to yield the right-of-way to vehicles.
- Distracted driving
- Drivers failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.
The worse injuries and consequences are from car accidents. Thus, more than warning pedestrians, it’s also important to educate the drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created a guide dedicated to Pedestrian Safety. They emphasized both the responsibilities of a pedestrian and driver to avoid major accidents such as car and truck accidents.
How can a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer help your case?
If you were ever in a pedestrian accident, what’s important is to follow these steps:
- Keep Calm and Be Alert
- Get Medical Help
- If you are able, document the accident by taking photos or getting witnesses’ contact numbers.
- Hire an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer
Beyond getting help dealing with insurance companies, a pedestrian accident attorney can help you get the financial compensation you deserve. Most pedestrian accident case leaves the victim with a mountain of debt due to high medical bills. Aside from the medical bills, there are also lost wages and pain and suffering damages that should be considered.
To help you get the right compensation, you need to have the help of personal injury attorneys. A personal injury lawyer will be able to guide you through the legalese and nuances of pedestrian accident laws. For example, at Roxell Richards Law Firm, a victim of a pedestrian accident case was able to get $50,000 as their settlement which help in clearing out any medical debt caused by the incident.
We hope that this guide has been helpful in providing you with some basic information about pedestrian accident law. If you have been injured as a pedestrian, it is important to speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
The attorneys at Roxell Richards Law Firm would be happy to give you a free consultation so we can discuss your case and advise you on your legal rights and options. Thank you for taking the time to read our guide, and we wish you the best of luck in resolving your pedestrian accident claim.