The worst possible outcome of a pedestrian accident is death, and it is a real possibility. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in collisions involving motor vehicles in 2017. Pedestrian deaths are only the tip of the iceberg. According to the CDC, 137,000 additional pedestrian accident victims received emergency treatment for injuries from their collisions.
If you or a loved one was a pedestrian who got struck by a vehicle, an El Paso pedestrian accident lawyer may help you seek compensation. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777 for a free consultation about your accident.
Pedestrians Are No Match for Vehicles
In 2017, 615 pedestrians died in the state of Texas from motor vehicle accidents, according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). While each individual accident represents an independent story, it may be safe to say that every pedestrian killed by a vehicle was put at great risk when the vehicle made contact with them.
Unlike those in vehicles:
- Pedestrians may have no form of defense, when compared to the structure of a vehicle, to protect them from the impact of a collision
- Pedestrians may not be able to maneuver out of the way to avoid a collision
- Pedestrians may face an exaggerated risk of injury or death in any given collision with a vehicle
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that Texas had the third-highest number of pedestrian traffic deaths of any state in the measured year. The NHTSA suggests that drivers do the following to avoid a pedestrian accident:
- Be aware that pedestrians may be on or near the roadway, or can enter the roadway, even when they do not expect pedestrians to be present
- Be hyperaware of potential pedestrians at night and in poorly lit areas, where pedestrians may be more difficult to see
- Drive defensively
- Obey the rules of the road, especially those that pertain to the speed limit
- Give pedestrians the right of way when they are present in crosswalks or the street, as the consequence of failing to do so could be death or injury
- Be aware of areas where pedestrians may be more likely than usual to be present, and slow down and exercise caution in those areas
- Abstain from driving while impaired
- Do not pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk
Pedestrians also have a duty to act with caution and make themselves as noticeable as possible when on or near a roadway. However, it is ultimately the driver who may be responsible for any injury or death that they cause if they strike a pedestrian.
If you or your loved one have suffered an injury because of a pedestrian accident, an El Paso pedestrian accident lawyer may help build your case. Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777 to discuss what our team may be able to do for you.
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A Pedestrian Accident May Leave You Severely Injured
The impact of a vehicle striking you or your loved one may have a devastating impact on your health. Some injury outcomes of pedestrian accidents may include:
- Fatal injury
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal bleeding
The nature and severity of any injuries that you or your loved one sustain in a pedestrian accident may depend on:
- The speed a vehicle was traveling at the time that they struck you
- The angle at which a vehicle struck you
- The way that your body was positioned, including your own posture, at the time of impact
- Whether you were wearing any sort of safety equipment at the time of the collision
- The type of vehicle that struck you
These considerations may be of note should you choose to pursue compensation for your injuries.
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A Lawyer May Help Determine Fault for Your Accident
A lawyer’s initial responsibility may be to assess the core facts of your case and use those facts and supporting evidence to:
- Determine how your accident occurred
- Determine the direct and indirect causes of your injuries
- Determine who is responsible for causing your injuries
The person, or people, who caused your injuries may be listed as defendants in a lawsuit you choose to bring. After identifying defendants, your lawyer may:
- File your lawsuit in the appropriate venue
- Gather evidence of your accident
- Consult experts who may testify to the negligent actions that caused your injuries
- Negotiate for compensation through a settlement
- Argue your case for compensation at trial if you do not reach a settlement
- Represent you during any court appearances required to move your lawsuit forward
- Protect your rights or the rights of your loved one
The American Bar Association (ABA) states that a motorist may be responsible for your accident if they failed to exercise reasonable care towards your safety. This may be the standard of negligence that your lawyer relies on as they attempt to obtain compensation for you or your loved one.
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Call in the Strong Arm by calling Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777. An El Paso pedestrian accident lawyer may fulfill your legal needs as you direct your attention towards recovery or coping with the loss of your loved one.
Do not hesitate to call our law firm, as time may be an important factor in whether you are able to pursue a lawsuit.