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.
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?
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.