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.
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.
Most often, pedestrian accidents occur due to the negligence of the driver operating the vehicle involved. Common causes include:
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.
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.
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.