Houston is one of the most dangerous major cities in America for pedestrians. If you lost a loved one or were seriously injured in a Houston-area pedestrian accident, you may be unaware that you may have a valid legal claim stemming from your injuries. Each Houston pedestrian accident lawyer at Loncar Lyon Jenkins fights hard for the rights of our pedestrian accident victims and their families. Contact our office today for a free consultation at 800-777-7777.
Houston Pedestrian Accident Facts
Houston was ranked by the American Association of Retired People (AARP) as the most dangerous place in Texas for pedestrians based on 2014 data. According to AARP, auto-pedestrian accidents resulted in 4884 deaths, or an average of 13 pedestrians killed every day. In addition, those 65 years and older being 50 percent more likely to be struck than younger people.
Also, per a report by Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Houston has the most pedestrian accidents in Texas, and Houston’s Harris county had the third-most pedestrian fatalities of any county in the nation in 2016. Pedestrian accidents result in fatalities more commonly than vehicle accidents, in part because pedestrians are both so difficult to see and lack any additional physical protection that vehicles have.
For a free legal consultation with a pedestrian accidents lawyer serving Houston, call 800-777-7777
Pursuing Compensation from the At-Fault Parties for Your Auto-Pedestrian Accident
Our condolences go out to you and your family if you lost a loved one to a pedestrian accident fatality. We are in business to protect people like you and will do everything within our power to ensure your rights are protected. We may be able to recover financial compensation on your behalf to offset your damages such as:
- Funeral costs
- End of life services
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
No matter what the facts are of your case, we believe that you deserve a chance at justice.
If you were harmed by someone who was breaking the law, you may have a valid legal claim. Your claim is what is filed with insurance companies, and if there is a disagreement in the settlement process, then a lawsuit would be filed with the courts. The court system may adjust damage amounts to reflect costs such as:
- Your medical bills and health care costs
- Your transportation costs to and from health appointments
- Pain and suffering
Due to either the emotional or physical injuries you suffered; you may find it difficult to work at the same level as you did before your accident which affects your finances. You may receive an award for these damages as well. When individuals are involved in auto-pedestrian accidents, the injured party has the right to pursue compensation for their injuries, losses, and pain and suffering.
Drivers have a responsibility to operate vehicles within state laws and regulations. When drivers behave negligently or recklessly, creating an auto-pedestrian accident, the driver could be held liable for injuries the pedestrian suffered.
If you were struck by a car while walking, the injuries you may have suffered will depend largely in part on the speed the vehicle was traveling. In serious accidents, pedestrians can suffer multiple injuries, both from the vehicle hitting the body and the body then hitting the ground, which increases the severity of injuries.
Some types of injuries a pedestrian may suffer after being involved in an auto-pedestrian accident include:
- Blunt force trauma
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Cuts and laceration
- Burns and permanent scarring
- Bone breaks
- Muscle strains
- Impaired vision, smell, or hearing
- Soft tissue damage
- Reproductive damage
In addition, after a pedestrian is hit by a car and injured, they may suffer from emotional trauma. Signs of emotional trauma after an accident may include anxiousness, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleeplessness, and possible depression. You have the right to pursue compensation for all your injuries, physical and emotional.
If you or a loved one suffered in a pedestrian accident at the hands of a negligent driver, we will take every possible measure to ensure that your rights are protected. A Houston pedestrian accident lawyer with Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help you understand more about your legal options during a free consultation with our law firm at 800-777-7777.
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Pedestrian Laws in Texas
Our attorneys and legal team work hard to ensure the rights of our clients are being protected fully. Texas Transportation Code § 552 holds that pedestrians have the right of way when they face a green walk signal, unless the only green signal is a turn arrow.
This law includes other common-sense laws that protect pedestrians and society at large from dangerous driving behaviors. We are familiar with Section 552 cases, and common pitfalls that may threaten the validity of a case. Even if a pedestrian were jaywalking, there is still language in Section 552 that protects someone crossing a street if a reasonable driver would have seen them and stopped.
Texas is a comparative negligence state, meaning that there could be factors that cause you to be partially responsible. If the other side can claim that your partial negligence contributed to the auto-pedestrian accident, then the settlement you receive would be reduced by the percentage of the fault you shared in the accident.
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Contact the Office of a Pedestrian Accident Attorney to Learn More Today
Insurance companies routinely deal with accident victims every day. But you, on the other hand, hopefully, have never had to experience this before which leaves you at a disadvantage when negotiating with insurance adjusters.
You may want to seek the help of a Houston pedestrian accident lawyer from the office of Loncar Lyon Jenkins. We are prepared to negotiate on your behalf to help you receive a fair settlement. We work on a contingent basis, meaning we do not get paid until your case reaches a satisfactory conclusion.
Call in the Strong Arm today at 800-777-7777 for a free consultation about your rights.