Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately all too common today. When a pedestrian is hit by an oncoming vehicle, the injuries sustained by the pedestrian can be critical, often leading to death. More often than not, the driver is distracted, ignoring their surroundings or traveling at a high rate of speed.
Pedestrian Accident Attorney Serving the DFW Metroplex
Even so, the insurance companies representing these drivers almost always try to place the fault of the accident on the pedestrian. Having an experienced Texas personal injury attorney represent you is critically important. Having a lawyer as your advocate can mean the difference between the driver walking away without any liability and you or your family receiving the compensation that’s deserved.
Statistics show that a pedestrian is injured in a traffic accident every 7-8 minutes. Many drivers charged with the wrongful death of a pedestrian are also charged with vehicular manslaughter. Pedestrians are, of course, no match for a motor vehicle and injuries can be catastrophic, especially injuries to the spine and brain injuries.
As an injured pedestrian, you may be entitled to financial damages for injuries caused by the driver’s negligence or the party responsible for a hazardous condition that may have contributed to the accident.
Possible Compensation for Injuries:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future loss of earnings
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Permanent disability payments
If the injuries are fatal and wrongful death is proved, loved ones can collect funeral and burial expenses, loss of earnings, loss of the value of household services, and loss of the love and affection from the decedent. In these cases, forensic economists are generally retained by our law firm to calculate these losses.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents:
There are many causes of pedestrian accidents. If you’re at a crosswalk and choose not to use it, or cross against a signal, you may be found negligent for having caused your own injuries. However, motorists are under a legal duty to use due care when operating their vehicles, which includes being on the lookout for pedestrians.
If the motorist breached that duty by speeding, ignoring a traffic signal, driving while distracted, or failing to see a pedestrian crossing in the area where they may reasonably cross, the driver may be held liable.
- Ignoring traffic controls
- Drivers ignoring crosswalks
- Drivers ignoring traffic signals
- Failing to see pedestrians crossing the road
- Passing a school bus
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Distracted drivers
- Blinded by the sun
- Exiting from a parked vehicle
Legal Help for Pedestrian Accident Victims
If you or a loved has been involved in an auto-pedestrian accident, contact our personal injury attorneys headquartered in Irving TX and serving all of DFW, immediately. These cases require an experienced and tough attorney who will fight on your behalf. Call the Dashner Law Firm today for your free consultation and let us provide you with a case evaluation at no cost. Call 972-793-8989 or 817-864-9980.