Austin Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Texas ranked as the 13th highest state for pedestrian deaths, according to preliminary data for the first half of 2017, as reported by the Governors Highway Safety Association. Nearing 6,000, the yearly number of fatalities in U.S. pedestrian accidents continues to rise at an alarming rate, remaining higher than it has been in more than 25 years according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). With 5,216 pedestrians being injured last year in Texas alone, many are suffering life-altering and costly repercussions. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident at the fault of another, contact the Bonilla Law Firm PLLC today. Our experienced Austin pedestrian accident lawyers will protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Our Firm?
- We have over 30 years of combined litigation experience, allowing us to supply clients with prompt, efficient and effective legal representation.
- We will conduct a thorough investigation and diligently work on your case until the end.
- We are dedicated to maintaining the highest moral standards in our decision-making, actions, and communications.
- We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we never charge a fee unless we recover money on your behalf.
The Austin pedestrian accident attorneys at Bonilla Law Firm are here to help victims of pedestrian accidents recoup damages resulting from driver negligence that resulted in accidents. Many times, in pedestrian accident cases, the medical bills and emergency surgeries required can become financially crippling. Our Austin personal injury lawyers help accident victims recover damages and out of pocket costs for medical expenses caused by a serious injury.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrians are at a severe disadvantage when involved in a car accident, due to being completely exposed and unprotected. Injuries tend to be significant and may include:
Factors such as where the accident occurs, the size of the vehicle, its rate of speed, the angle and the location of impact will all contribute to how severe the injuries sustained are.
Texas Pedestrian Accident Statistics
- Texas was one of five states responsible for 43% of all pedestrian fatalities in the first half of 2017. (GHSA)
- 5,216 pedestrians were injured in 2017. (Texas DoT)
- Pedestrian fatalities in 2017 totaled 614, a 9.7% decrease from the year before. (Texas DoT)
- Compared to other states, Texas had the second highest number of pedestrian fatalities in 2016. (NHTSA)
- Three counties ranked in the top 10 for highest numbers of pedestrian deaths in 2016. (Harris, Dallas, and Bexar — GHSA)
- Between 2014-2016, 80% of pedestrian accidents occurred in the dark. (GHSA)
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Most often, pedestrian accidents occur due to the negligence of the driver operating the vehicle involved. Common causes include:
- Speeding – Drivers who fail to follow the speed limit are much less likely to be able to react to avoid pedestrians or stop before striking a pedestrian. Unfortunately, high-speed impacts are going to be devastating for pedestrians.
- Distracted driving -Distracted driving entails any driving behavior that takes a driver’s attention off the roadway. This includes texting and driving. Distracted drivers have been increasing significantly over the last few years, particularly as technology becomes more and more integrated into our vehicles.
- Disregarding weather or traffic conditions – Weather and traffic conditions can significantly alter the way the driver needs to operate their vehicle on the roadway. Drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles safely in accordance with the conditions on the roadway to protect pedestrians and other motorists.
- Failing to signal while turning – Other drivers on the roadway, as well as pedestrians, depend on a vehicle operator using their turn signals appropriately. A turn signal lets everybody around a driver know their intention, and failing to properly signal before making a turn could result in catastrophic accidents involving seriously injured pedestrians.
- Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks – In nearly all circumstances, pedestrians have the right of way when there is a crosswalk present. Drivers must yield to pedestrians when there is a marked crosswalk or at an intersection.
- Disobeying traffic signs or signals – If a driver fails to follow traffic signals or traffic signs, pedestrians will not be able to proceed safely in or around the roadway.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol – Negligent drivers operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs are much more likely to strike pedestrians who are in or around to the roadway.
The driver’s negligence will need to be proven in order for them to be held liable and for the pedestrian to receive compensation for their injuries. If both the pedestrian and the vehicle’s driver share some of the blame, the driver will often still be responsible for giving some compensation. In this case, the pedestrian would need to be less than 50% at fault and their total compensation would be reduced by the percentage they are found to be at fault. A qualified pedestrian accident lawyer can evaluate your claim and help explain your options. Our Austin pedestrian accident attorneys will seek maximum compensation from individuals at fault, and negotiate with insurance companies and fight for appropriate damages for the serious injuries that occurred in your accident.
Why You Need an Austin Pedestrian Accident Attorney
The at-fault party may attempt to blame you for the accident occurring, hiring an attorney who has extensive pedestrian accident claim experience immediately, will protect you from admitting fault without knowing all of the facts. A pedestrian accident lawyer is critical in aiding with the gathering of evidence in order to establish liability. Their skillful negotiation tactics will also help you avoid a quick and inadequate settlement that an insurance company will attempt to offer you so that you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
How Can I Stay Safe as a Pedestrian?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are various ways that pedestrians can stay safe on the roadway.
- Be predictable and follow all the rules of the roadway. This includes obeying traffic signs and signals.
- Use sidewalks whenever they are available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far away from that traffic as possible.
- Be alert to traffic conditions at all times and do not get distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes or ears off the road. This includes not wearing headphones while near traffic.
- Use crosswalks or intersections when they are present to cross the roadway. Even when you have a green light to walk or are at an intersection, please look both ways before crossing.
- If there is no crosswalk or intersection available, cross the roadway only in a well-lit area, and only after you see that there is a big enough gap in traffic to allow you to cross safely.
- Never assume that a vehicle driver sees you. Make eye contact with the driver to ensure that they see you as you approach.
- Make sure you are visible to vehicles. This includes wearing bright clothing during the day and even reflective materials at night.
- Pay special attention when you are in an area where vehicles may be backing up, such as driveways or parking lots.
Were You the Victim of a Pedestrian Accident?
Our pedestrian accident lawyers at Bonilla Law Firm PLLC, know how to identify and overcome obstacles that can arise when filing a personal injury claim. If you or loved one has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, let our skilled and experienced legal team give you peace of mind by taking care of the litigation process so that you may focus on your recovery. Our law firm is composed of experts that specialize in personal injury cases involving Texas law. Contact us today via our free online contact form or call today at (512) 441-1111 to discuss the specifics of your unique case.