Many areas, including those in busy urban settings, feature heavy amounts of foot traffic. Individuals walking to work, shopping, exercising, or taking a pet out for a walk know to be careful around vehicles, but when drivers act negligently and collide with a pedestrian, the results are often devastating.
With no protection from the impact with a car, truck, or other vehicle, pedestrians commonly receive serious or life-threatening injuries if an automobile hits them. Children in particular are at risk, as their short statures makes them more difficult for drivers to see and they may be less wary of the dangers of the road. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) traffic crashes in 2012 caused the deaths of over 4,000 pedestrians, and another 76,000 were injured.
Common acts of negligence that lead to pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving, including texting, changing music, or talking to passengers
- Failing to yield at a crosswalk
- Running red lights, stop signs, or other signals
- Failing to use caution when view is obstructed, such as backing out of a parking space
- Turning right through a crosswalk without looking for pedestrians
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
When a vehicle collides with a pedestrian, catastrophic injuries or even fatalities can occur. Victims may suffer broken bones, lacerations, head trauma, brain injury, or paralysis as a result. In addition to pain and suffering, these incidents can lead to overwhelming financials burdens as individuals are unable to work, incur massive medical bills, or require long-term care. Insurance companies may offer a settlement, but this amount often does not cover the full extent of the damages caused by the incident.
Finding an Attorney for a Pedestrian Accident in Texas
You should not have to shoulder the cost of a driver’s negligence. If you or a loved one has been harmed in an auto pedestrian accident, the injury attorneys at The Gutierrez Law Firm can help you seek full compensation for your injuries. We have helped hundreds of Texans recover their damages after a range of accidents, and we can thoroughly review your case with you to determine your best course of action.