What to Do if You Are Injured in a Houston Pedestrian Accident
Whether you walk for exercise, recreation, or to get from point A to point B, when you’re paying attention and obeying the rules of the road, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting hit by a car. Unfortunately, drivers can be negligent and fail to give you the space you should have—sometimes with drastic consequences.
While Texas car accidents involving pedestrians are not always the driver’s fault, many times it is the driver who causes the wreck. There are many reasons, including:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving (e.g., using the phone)
- Aggressive driving
- Bright sunlight
- Ineffective headlights
For obvious reasons, it’s the pedestrian who usually takes the brunt of the impact in a Houston car collision of this type. Loss of life is not an uncommon outcome. Among the most common injuries pedestrians sustain after being hit by an automobile are:
- Broken bones
- Neck or back injuries
- Head or traumatic brain injuries
Pedestrians often—but not always—have the right of way. Sidewalks are there specifically to protect pedestrians, so it would be highly unusual for a driver who hits a pedestrian on a sidewalk not to be found at fault. Another situation in which pedestrians virtually always have the right of way is when children are getting on and off a school bus. Crosswalks are another area in which pedestrians generally have the right of way as long as they are crossing with the light (i.e., obeying the ‘walk’ signal).
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Texas car collision while out walking, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation. Through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to obtain compensation to cover your medical bills, ongoing costs, and in some instances pain and emotional suffering, as well.
Keep in mind, though, that these lawsuits are not always easy to win. You may have to go to trial to prove that the driver was negligent and force his or her insurance company to pay you a fair amount for your losses. Juries are unpredictable, and you can be assured that the other side will do whatever it can to pay you as little as possible.
Having a knowledgeable, aggressive Houston personal injury attorney by your side can give you the best chance of receiving the financial compensation you deserve. When choosing a lawyer, look for someone who is experienced, someone who has achieved good results for his or her clients in the past, and someone you can trust.
Look no further than the law offices of Attorney Steve Lee. With 38 years of experience in the same area, we have the expertise your case requires. For a free consultation, call us toll free at (800) 232-3711. Or, fill out the Quick Contact form on this page and we will be in touch with you promptly.