Tragically, pedestrian accidents are becoming more and more frequent. Reports estimate that nearly 6,000 pedestrians are killed by automobiles each year. Around 16% of all motor vehicle deaths involve pedestrians. U.S. pedestrian fatalities have risen 27% in the past 10 years.
Data ranks Texas among the top 15 states for U.S. pedestrian deaths, with an estimated 263 deaths in the first six months of 2017 (10% of all U.S. pedestrian deaths during that time).
The Texas Department of Transportation’s “Be Safe, Be Seen” campaign is working to curtail the number of pedestrian injuries and deaths along I-35, offering free reflectors to Texas’ most at risk pedestrian populations - children and the homeless.
Many of these devastating pedestrian injuries and deaths occur because a negligent driver, property owner, or other entity acts in an unsafe, irresponsible manner. If you can prove that negligence led to your injuries, you are entitled to financial compensation.
While no amount of financial compensation can remove your injuries or replace the loss of a loved one, filing a personal injury lawsuit can offer the financial security needed to aid healing. It can also help to ensure similar accidents don’t happen to another family.
But collecting full and fair compensation for a pedestrian injury or wrongful death is not always so straightforward. Without an experienced personal injury attorney to help gather evidence of negligence and support your claim, high power defense teams can quickly take control of the case.
Located in Corpus Christi, Texas, our Williams Attorneys PLLC personal injury lawyers know how to successfully prepare and argue your pedestrian injury claim, securing the maximum financial compensation for your injuries.
We represent pedestrian injury cases in Austin, Houston, Victoria, Beaumont, San Antonio, Galveston and other South Texas cities in Nueces, Bexar, Harris, Jefferson and Travis Counties.
Contact a Williams Attorneys PLLC Personal Injury Lawyer today for a free, confidential case evaluation.
Are You Eligible to File a Pedestrian Injury Lawsuit?
Despite numerous improvements in automobile and road safety, South Texas pedestrian injuries and deaths continue to increase. Most pedestrian accidents are caused by drivers failing to follow proper safety rules and regulations, involving:
- Driver distraction
- Driver inattention
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while drowsy
- Failing to yield
- Ignoring dangerous weather conditions
- Ignoring stop signs and traffic signals
- Making unsafe lane changes
- Ignoring school zones
Pedestrian accidents can also be caused by property negligence and defective vehicles, including:
- Automobile defects
- Damaged pavement
- Nearby construction debris
- Poorly maintained crosswalks and sidewalks
- Poorly maintained private property
- Unsafe intersections
Driver distraction is a major cause of pedestrian accidents. When drivers email, text, dial numbers, talk on the phone, watch or film videos, look at their GPS, spill drinks, eat food, reach for dropped objects or otherwise divert their attention away from the road and other motorists, pedestrians face significant risks.
Texas state, counties and cities are responsible for consistently maintaining public paths, roads and bridges. Potholes, drainage grates, manhole covers, crosswalk markings and traffic signals must be properly cared for to prevent accidents.
Similarly, construction companies, contractors and subcontractors may be liable for a pedestrian accident when debris, misplaced equipment or a lack of warning signs cause an accident.
Even auto repair companies can be at fault for a pedestrian accident if they fail to properly repair a vehicle, resulting in injury.
Anytime a pedestrian is injured because of another’s negligence, that pedestrian may be eligible to file a personal injury claim for financial compensation. Pedestrian injuries often require significant recovery time, time away from work, and a slew of medical bills.
Filing a pedestrian injury lawsuit helps to secure your right to compensation for your losses.
But pedestrian injury lawsuits are often complex, requiring a significant evidence of negligence and solid case preparation.
Powerful insurance companies and property owners will pull out all stops and fight aggressively to defend themselves. An experienced, aggressive personal injury attorney is necessary to ensure you win your case.
With over three decades of experience in personal injury cases, our Corpus Christi based Williams Attorneys PLLC personal injury lawyers have established a track record of success in recovering the maximum available compensation for victims of negligence.
What Financial Compensation Is Available for Pedestrian Injury?
Winning a Texas personal injury lawsuit means securing financial compensation to cover both economic damages and non-economic damages. These damages may include:
- Current medical expenses
- Future medical costs
- Current lost wages
- Estimated future lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Disfigurement or disability
- Loss of consortium (companionship)
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Caregiver costs
In cases of wrongful death of a pedestrian, surviving family members or beneficiaries may be entitled to recover full financial compensation for any loss of financial support, funeral and burial expenses, plus compensation to cover any loss of companionship or parental support.
Depending on how your case is presented, your compensation could fluctuate as much as $25,000 to $1,000,000 or more. To secure the maximum available financial compensation for your pedestrian injury case, you must hire an experienced Texas personal injury lawyer who understands how to prepare your case for the largest recovery amount possible.
Our South Texas Williams Attorneys PLLC personal injury lawyers will be able to calculate an estimate of your damages during or soon after your initial consultation.
Contact a Williams Attorneys PLLC Injury Lawyer today.
For a free, confidential case evaluation.
Are There Time Limits to File Pedestrian Injury Lawsuits?
Texas statutes of limitations can be complex in cases involving pedestrian injuries, ranging from months to years after injury depending on the potential defendants and injuries involved.
Therefore, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options. Your Texas personal injury lawyer can help you determine the statute of limitations that apply in your case.
Located in Corpus Christi, Texas, our experienced Williams Attorneys PLLC personal injury attorneys and wrongful death lawyers have over three decades of experience representing cases in Beaumont, Houston, Galveston, Austin, San Antonio, Victoria and other cities in Travis, Bexar, Harris, Nueces and Jefferson Counties.