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Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

COMMITTED TO PROTECTING PEDESTRIAN INJURY VICTIMS

Every day, innocent pedestrians are injured and killed in automobile accidents. Whether walking, running, sitting, or lying down, people going about their daily lives on foot are involved in injury accidents involving motor vehicles every few minutes in the United States. Unfortunately, the number of pedestrian fatalities has remained somewhat consistent throughout the past decade. However, in 2014, 15 percent of all traffic fatalities were pedestrians — a four percent increase from 2005.

UNITED STATES PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT STATISTICS

In 2014, there were 4,884 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States. An additional estimated 65,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes. The following pedestrian accident statistics for 2014 are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes.
  • Alcohol impairment was reported in 48 percent of all fatal pedestrian crashes.
  • Eighteen percent of pedestrian fatalities involved a hit-and-run driver.
  • Pedestrians were killed more often in the dark (72 percent) than in daylight (24 percent).
  • Nineteen percent of children 14 and younger who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
  • California lead the nation in pedestrian fatalities (697), followed by Florida (588) and Texas (476).

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT?

Severe and fatal injuries can occur when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle. Even at low vehicle speeds, life-altering damage can be done to pedestrians. Common injuries associated with pedestrian accidents include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Internal injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head/brain injuries
  • Death

WHAT CAUSES PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS TO OCCUR?

Pedestrians are incredibly vulnerable to the actions of reckless and negligent drivers. Common causes of pedestrian-related crashes include:

  • Distracted drivers
    • There were 520 nonoccupants (pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.) killed in distraction-affected crashes in 2014.
  • Poor visibility
    • In 2014, 72 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents occurred in the dark
  • Drunk driving
    • An estimated 14 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes involved a drunk driver in 2014.
  • Failure to yield the right-of-way
    • Drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing streets in marked or unmarked crosswalks in most situations.
  • Poor roadway design
    • Streets without sidewalks or crosswalks and other dangerous road conditions can increase the risk for a pedestrian accident.

FIVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVERS

There are ways to decrease the risk of a pedestrian-car collision. Follow these guidelines to help keep pedestrians safe while driving:

  1. Keep an eye out for pedestrians at all times and remain vigilant in high-trafficked areas.
  2. Follow the speed limit, especially in school zones and inside neighborhoods, where pedestrians frequent.
  3. Drive slower in poor road conditions and on streets with poor lighting.
  4. Look for pedestrians when backing out of a driveway and parking spots in a parking lot.
  5. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk.

HIT BY A CAR OR TRUCK? CONTACT OUR TEAM OF PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS

If you or a loved one were hurt after being struck by an automobile, you may be entitled to compensation. Our team of experienced pedestrian injury lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. We will help you recover the maximum amount of compensation and bring the negligent driver to justice. In addition, you won’t pay a thing unless we win your case. Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys has a track record of achieving record-breaking verdicts, settlements, and judgments for clients. Extensive legal and financial resources allow our attorneys to put you in the best position possible to recover the damages you deserve. Contact us today for a free case review.

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Pedestrian Accident FAQs

Do you have questions after being struck by a vehicle? Check out the following FAQs. If you don’t find your answer below, contact us and speak with an experienced Texas pedestrian injury lawyer. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim.

  • Who is liable if dangerous road conditions contributed to a pedestrian accident?

    While motorists are legally obligated to take reasonable care to watch out for pedestrians, it is not uncommon for the dangerous design or quality of a road to contribute to a pedestrian accident. For example, if an intersection is poorly marked and poorly lit, it may interfere with a driver’s ability to see an individual crossing the street. The government agency or property owner responsible for maintaining that intersection may be liable for damages for failing to take reasonable measures to prevent harm.

  • I was hit by a car while crossing the street in an unmarked crosswalk. Do I have a viable injury claim?

    Even if you crossed a street at an undesignated crosswalk, you may be entitled to receive damages based on comparative fault. Essentially, both parties should take reasonable care to avoid causing harm or an accident. If a pedestrian jaywalks, he or she may be found only partially at fault for an accident if there is evidence that the driver engaged in negligent behavior, including speeding, distracted driving, or driving drunk.

  • How much time do I have to file a personal injury claim?

    The time limit placed on bringing a personal injury or wrongful death claim is called the “statute of limitations.” It is important to file a legal action within this period because if you don’t, you may forfeit your right to compensation for any damages suffered. In most cases, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of injury. The statutes of limitations vary from state to state, and they may differ depending on the type of claim.

  • How soon after an accident should I get a lawyer?

    Quickly. To be safe, you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible, especially if the injuries are severe or a death has resulted. All too often valuable evidence disappears, witnesses move, memories grow dim and the practical ability to prove your case may diminish. If you are still being treated by a physician, an attorney can also provide you with guidance concerning your medical care and help you deal with unpaid bills and getting needed treatment. Legal advice can also be useful if you have questions about the settlement value of a claim, your insurance policy’s terms, or suspect bad faith on the part of your insurance company. Contact Thomas J. Henry to discuss your personal injury case for free.

  • Who pays for my medical bills if I've been injured in an accident?

    Ideally, the liable insurance company would pay for your medical bills without any hassle. However, oftentimes insurance companies dispute liability, and it can be a very difficult to get an insurance provider to pay your bills up front. If that is the case, it may be a wise decision to get your health insurance to pay your medical bills and seek reimbursement from the auto insurance company as part of the settlement.

  • Do I have to go to court if I file a personal injury claim?

    Many personal injury claims are paid by insurance companies without going to court. You may talk to an attorney and come up with a compensation figure that all parties believe is fair, and the case is settled without having to enter the courtroom. Not all insurance companies will oppose every legal challenge filed against them; in some instances they may already be predisposed to a settlement under previous advice by actuaries.

  • What should I do if the at-fault driver flees the scene?

    Unfortunately, hit and run collisions leave many people injured every year. If you’re involved in such an accident, you should NOT try to follow or chase the other car. Instead, you should do the best to remember the following: license plate number, a description of the driver, and the color, make, and model of the car. Regardless of how much information you’re able to get, you should immediately call the police. It is crucial to make sure that a report is filed, as this will play an extremely important role in your claim. You can follow up and request a copy of this report later. It is also vital to seek immediate medical attention for any injuries you have suffered — your safety should be your top priority.

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