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I’ve been Hurt in a Texas Pedestrian Accident. What’s the First Thing I Should Do?

Accidents involving automobiles are traumatic in nature, especially those involving a pedestrian. Pedestrians have little to protect themselves when struck by a vehicle – no seat belts, no airbags, and no helmets. Injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents are oftentimes severe and in some cases fatal.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 5,376 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2015 in the United States. In addition, an estimated 70,000 pedestrians sustained injuries in vehicular wrecks.

Similar to any type of auto accident, pedestrian-related incidents can be overwhelming and confusing, and those injured have the right to bring an injury claim or lawsuit when their injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence. Whether you were walking in a crosswalk, on a sidewalk, alongside your vehicle on the side of a roadway, if a driver’s negligent actions caused you to suffer an injury, you are entitled to compensation.

Our law firm handles all types of personal injury claims, including auto accidents involving pedestrians. We believe negligent drivers should be held accountable for their actions and injured pedestrians deserve to be compensated for their medical costs, pain and suffering, and other damages they have incurred.

What Should Your First Steps be after being Struck by a Car?

  1. If you have been struck in a roadway, if possible, try to move to the sidewalk or off the street.
    • In some cases, this may be difficult to do due to your injuries, but it is important to avoid any further collisions with another vehicle.
  2. Contact the police as soon as possible.
    • If you have been injured, be sure an ambulance is sent as well. Provide the police with a detailed and accurate account of the accident without speculating. Be honest and do not embellish.
  3. Collect information from the driver as you would if you were involved in an accident between two cars.
    • Get the driver’s license plate number, insurance information, and their driver’s license number if possible.
  4. Document the accident scene.
    • Take photos of your surroundings, including the vehicle involved, your injuries, the intersection or sidewalk where you were when struck, and anything else you can see that could potentially help your case later.
  5. If you have been injured, seek medical attention immediately.
    • Even if you feel fine after the collision, it is best to get checked out by a doctor. Adrenaline and shock can hide pain immediately after the accident, and some injuries do not become apparent until days or weeks later.
    • Having a medical professional check for underlying injuries can help your physical health and your potential personal injury claim. Insurance adjusters may argue that you were not that injured if they see a delay in treatment after the accident.
  6. Speak with an injury attorney with experience handling car accidents, especially pedestrian accidents, and a track record of winning cases.
    • At Thomas J. Henry, we’ve represented clients injured in automobile accidents for more than 25 years. Our experienced lawyers have achieved real results for our clients who are in dire need of compensation after an accident. Filing a claim on your own is a great risk — let our law firm battle the negligent party and the insurance companies on your behalf.

What to do in the Event of a Hit-and-run

Pedestrian accidents are difficult enough to handle, but what happens if the driver does not stop and drives away? Unfortunately this selfish and cowardly act occurs far too often in the United States. According to NHTSA, 19 percent of fatal pedestrian auto accidents involve a hit-and-run driver.

Victims of hit-and-run accidents can still claim compensation, even if the driver fails to stop and is never found. In Texas, victims of hit-and-run crashes that have uninsured motorist coverage through their auto insurance policy can seek payment for their damages.

This type of coverage is optional in Texas, but insurance companies are required to offer it when issuing an insurance policy. Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is an important thing to have in any situation. Many drivers on American roadways drive without any insurance or with the bare required minimum. UM/UIM coverage can help make up the difference when you face extensive damages such as medical costs and lost wages.

Learn more about the importance of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage in our blog post: What is the purpose of obtaining uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage?

Struck by a Car as a Pedestrian? Contact our Auto Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one have been hit by a car as a pedestrian, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to assist you and provide you with a free case review. The aftermath of an accident can be traumatic and difficult to handle, but our law firm is here for you in your time of need. Call us today for your free legal consultation.

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