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 attorneys will protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Why Choose Our Firm?

  • We have over 30 years of 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.

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:

  • Severe cuts and lacerations
  • Internal bleeding
  • Leg and knee injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Torn ligaments
  • Nerve damage
  • Broken bones

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
  • Distracted driving
  • Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
  • Failing to signal while turning
  • Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Disobeying traffic signs or signals
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

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.

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.

The Bonilla Law Firm PLLC Can Help

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 attorneys give you peace of mind by taking care of the litigation process so that you may focus on your recovery. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.