Texas Pedestrian Accident Statistics
There were 5,767 crashes involving pedestrians in 2017, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Of these, 604 were fatal crashes, which led to 614 deaths. Another 1,144 individuals suffered suspected serious injuries while there were 2,312 non-incapacitating injuries.
Also, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Texas saw an increase in pedestrian accidents in 2018 compared to the year before. The preliminary figures for January through June 2018 showed Texas had 298 pedestrian deaths, an increase from 266 deaths between January and June 2017.
Steps to Take After a Car-Pedestrian Accident
If you or a loved one were involved in a vehicle-pedestrian collision, our pedestrian accident attorneys recommend you:
01 Call 911
Getting hit by a car will cause injuries, and it is important that medical personnel arrive as quickly as possible. This also ensures the police arrive to draw up a report of the incident, which you may need to support a claim for compensation.
02 Get Medical Treatment
Even if you believe you can walk away from the accident, you need to see a physician as soon as possible. You should undergo a full exam, which may uncover hidden injuries, like a concussion, bone fractures, or internal bleeding.
03 Exchange Information
If you or a loved one get hit by a driver, ask for that person’s name, contact information, and insurance details.
04 Obtain Witnesses Info
If one or more people saw what happened, ask for their names and contact information.
05 Take Pictures
Using your phone, take photos and videos of any visible property damage and your injuries.
06 Call a Lawyer
You should talk with our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys at Anderson Injury Lawyers about how to pursue compensation and what you claim may be worth.
Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Injuries
After being hit by a vehicle, it is best that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. To begin, an attorney will thoroughly investigate the vehicle-pedestrian crash. We will gather as much evidence as we can - including the police report, photos, surveillance videos, witness statements, physical objects, records, and more.
Through an analysis of this evidence, we will determine what happened, who was directly at fault, and who is liable for compensating you. This enables us to explain the option of filing a pedestrian hit by a car lawsuit, including when to file, where to file, and who to file the lawsuit against.
During the resulting litigation and corresponding insurance claim, we will fight hard for you to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible for:
- Past, current, and future medical bills
- Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Physical limitations
$850,000 for Pedestrian Who Was Hit by Truck, Lost Her Leg
$312,500 Awarded to Airport Accident Victim
Armored Car Wreck Victim Wins $230,000 Settlement
$115,000 to Passenger Hurt in Fort Worth Bus Accident
$112,500 Settlement in Underinsured Motorist Claim
Additional Information about pedestrian accidents
Texas’ Comparative Negligence Rule
Most pedestrian accidents are the fault of a negligent driver. However, there are times when the court or insurance company may consider a pedestrian fully or partly at fault for the accident and their injuries. Under Texas’ modified comparative negligence rule, the degree of the pedestrian’s fault may impact their claim and possible compensation.
Under comparative negligence, a pedestrian’s claim for compensation can be defeated if a court or insurer finds the pedestrian was 51% or more responsible for the accident. If you are more than half at fault, then you cannot receive any compensation for your injuries from the other negligent party.
If you are 50% or less at fault for the accident, you may still receive compensation for your injuries. However, the compensation you are initially awarded will be reduced by your percentage of responsibility.
If you are worried about being blamed for the accident and your injuries, talk with a Dallas pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as you can. At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we have addressed many comparative negligence claims over the years. We will carefully prepare to minimize any defenses involving pedestrian negligence and fight hard for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
We Handle Fatal Pedestrian Claims
Our experienced wrongful death attorneys at Anderson Injury Lawyers are here to help if your parent, spouse, child, or other relative was the victim of a fatal car-pedestrian crash. When your loved one passes away due to a motorist’s careless or reckless driving, your family may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
This suit is intended to hold the wrongdoer responsible and gives your family the chance to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of your loved one’s income
- Loss of your loved one’s companionship, society, and love
- Loss of parental guidance
- Your grief and emotional distress
Call a Dallas Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today
After incurring injuries in a vehicle-pedestrian crash or losing a loved one under these circumstances, we recommend you talk with a pedestrian accident attorney. You will benefit from partnering with a lawyer who has handled similar cases to yours before, and who is highly knowledgeable regarding Texas’ personal injury and wrongful death law.
Anderson Injury Lawyers has the knowledge and insight you need to move forward with your claim. We have a strong reputation for obtaining fair settlements or court rulings in our clients’ favor, and we’re ready to help you with your case.
To schedule a free, initial consultation of your case, contact us today at (214) 327-8000.
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