Pedestrian-on-vehicle wrecks are rare, but when they happen it's important for the pedestrian to know their rights in Texas.
Your Pedestrian Rights After a Texas Truck Wreck
If you were hit by a commercial vehicle as a pedestrian and the driver was at fault, you have the right to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering.
To learn more about the different compensation types available to you, read my article here.
But how do you know if the driver was at fault? And how do you win the money you deserve?
Determining Fault in a Pedestrian-Vehicle Collision
Sometimes it's easy to figure out who's at fault in an accident. For instance, if you were walking on a side walk and a semi-truck ran off the road and hit you, it's clearly the driver's fault.
However, other situations aren't as cut and dry. To really determine fault for an accident, you must first understand pedestrian rights in Texas.
Pedestrians at a crosswalk must obey the "walk/don't walk" lights and must yield to oncoming traffic when the "don't walk" sign is lit. However, pedestrians always have the right of way. If a pedestrian chooses to cross a road at the wrong time, they could be at-fault if they were hit, though drivers still (as always) have a duty to watch out for the safety of pedestrians on the road.
If this sounds like a lot of back and fourth, that's because it is. Essentially, both driver and pedestrians are responsible for acting safely.
If you were it in an intersection and you didn't have a "walk" sign, you should consult an injury attorney who will look at your specific case and help you make decisions from there.
At any point where there isn't a crosswalk, traffic has the right of way. However, if you were hit at a point without a crosswalk, you should again consult an attorney since your case will have to be looked at on an individual basis.
Why Pedestrian vs. Commercial Vehicle Accidents Are Serious
Here in Fort Worth, semi-trucks, construction vehicles and buses commonly drive within the city (as opposed to sticking to the highway). Due to their size and nature, they can cause a lot more damage much more quickly if they wreck.
Injuries sustained from pedestrian on vehicle accidents tend to be serious, requiring extensive medical treatment and often impacting the victim's life in the long run.
However, if you've been the victim of a commercial vehicle accident, you don't have to suffer the consequences on your own. You have a right to compensation for your medical bills (both present adn future), the wages you lost from missing work due yto the wreck, and the pain and suffering you've endured.
Consider Hiring a Lawyer
As someone who deals with this type of case every day, I can tell you that winning the compensation you deserve takes time, planning, knowledge, effort and grit.
Not everyone needs a lawyer. If you were only slightly hurt, for instance, you can probably handle your claim against the commercial vehicle company on your own. However, if you have big injuries and high medical bills, there will be more pressure for your claim to succeed, and it's worth consulting with a professional.
(Also read: How Do I Know If I Need a Lawyer?)
If you've been seriously injured in a Fort Worth wreck as a pedestrian and you aren't sure where to turn, call the Anderson Law Firm. We'll set you up with a free consultation where we'll discuss the specifics of your case and lay out a plan to win you the money you deserve.
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