Despite the numerous laws enacted every year across the United States to protect pedestrians, they do not stop people from being injured on foot from traffic-related incidents. In fact, on average about 59,000 pedestrians and joggers experience serious injuries from pedestrian accidents every year. About 4,000 pedestrians are killed in these accidents annually. If you live in an urban area, you’re more likely to be involved in one of these kinds of accidents due to the sheer number of cars, buses, motorcycles, and pedestrians that are moving daily through the city. Accidents that involve automobiles and pedestrians harm nearly 8,000 people in Texas annually and claim the lives of over 600 people on average per year.
In many cases, a person is left with life-altering injuries that require extensive hospital stays after being injured in a pedestrian accident. Because pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to the impact of automobiles since they have no protection whatsoever, they are more likely to suffer from permanent injuries that result in impairments. If you have been injured in an accident due to other’s negligent behavior, you should reach out to a Texas pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible.
With nearly three decades of experience, the attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm are committed to helping Dallas pedestrian accident victims get the justice they deserve after being injured in collisions. Our team of knowledgeable and competent Dallas pedestrian accident attorneys is available to discuss the details surrounding your accident at your earliest convenience. Contact our law firm today.
Pedestrian accidents cause death, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other severe injuries more often than accidents where everyone involved is inside a car.
Pedestrian accidents tend to happen in urban areas with high vehicle traffic and pedestrian traffic, including Dallas. Although Dallas is safer than other major cities in Texas and is very walkable, it is by no means immune to pedestrian accidents.
In some areas, pedestrians are few and far between, so drivers are not expecting to have to suddenly brake or come to a full stop at intersections and turns. The traffic lights at Dallas intersections are green when the “walk” traffic signals are on, sometimes confusing drivers and ultimately resulting in an accident.
Pedestrian accidents can occur in areas other than on roads or streets as well. Parking lots, driveways, and other private property are areas where pedestrian accident injuries caused by poor visibility and high speeds are not uncommon. Sometimes drivers are less cautious in areas without oncoming traffic, but letting their guard down causes a wreck anyway.
There are three main types of pedestrian accidents that can occur:
As previously stated, a pedestrian accident is more likely to result in serious injuries than a motor vehicle accident. The more serious your injuries are, the higher your medical bills will be, the longer your recovery will take, and the more you will need legal representation to ensure you are able to get the full amount of compensation you need to aid in your recovery. Having a Dallas pedestrian accident lawyer handle the negotiations, paperwork, and collecting evidence on your behalf saves you time and energy so you can focus on healing and moving forward. If you don’t get a pedestrian accident lawyer to help you file your claim, you may not get adequately compensated for your medical bills, let alone pain and suffering, which could cause financial setbacks for you.
We want our clients to be free to focus on their recovery by taking advantage of our full legal representation. Without an advocate for medical expenses, serious injuries can become permanent injuries and financial ruin could occur. You may be less likely to seek the full extent of medical care you could actually benefit from if you are having trouble paying all of the bills.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, we are available 24/7 for a free consultation.
Most pedestrian accidents are completely preventable, though they occur suddenly and without warning. In fact, driver error is the leading cause of these life-altering accidents which impact the lives of thousands of Texans annually. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
If you sustained injuries in a pedestrian accident that occurred as a result of another motorist’s negligent behavior, contact Rasansky Law Firm today at (214) 617-1886 for a free consultation to see how our Dallas pedestrian accident attorneys can help you.
Here are some eye-opening facts about pedestrian accidents in the state of Texas, with a focus on North Texas and the city of Dallas.
Certain roadways in Dallas are known for having many pedestrian accidents. What makes a roadway dangerous is if it has high traffic, is an intersection (especially a complex one), has poor visibility, and has high speed limits. The following intersections have high crash data:
It is important to be extra vigilant when crossing these and all intersections. If possible, avoid them during rush hour by planning an alternate route or taking another form of transportation.
Pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries, costly medical bills, lost wages, and other physical, emotional, and economic tolls. Your Dallas pedestrian accident case deserves fair compensation and, if possible, maximum compensation for your pain and suffering.
We at Rasansky Law Firm represent men, women, and children who have been injured in the Dallas, Texas area. Our Dallas pedestrian accident lawyers handle various types of wrongful death and personal injury cases. We treat all pedestrian accident victims with compassion and dignity. While we seek compensation on their behalf, we give all the resources we can offer for their recovery.
Almost three decades of experience have allowed Rasansky Law Firm to establish a reputation of integrity, honesty, and professional excellence. We know that those injured in pedestrian accidents experience financial hardship from their injuries, so we take all cases based on contingency. This means we do not receive payment unless and until we win your case.
A Dallas pedestrian accident attorney from our law firm is available to provide a free case review. If our free initial consultation determines we can help you, we’ll take on your case at no out-of-pocket cost to you. Rasansky Law Firm is available 24/7 by phone.
Pedestrian accident injuries can result in severe, even catastrophic injuries. Here are some of the most common:
Motor vehicle collisions involving a pedestrian result in life-changing and severe injuries. In order for you to make a full recovery, you will likely need expert medical attention. Our pedestrian accident attorneys work with life care planners and rehabilitation experts in order to accurately estimate exactly how much money you will need for the rest of your life to pay for treatment and to cover expenses that have arisen due to the accident.
Pursuing any injury claim requires in-depth legal knowledge and skilled negotiations with insurance companies and involved parties. You should not try to negotiate with insurance companies by yourself. Doing so will only work to limit the potential value of your pedestrian accident case.
We’ve handled pedestrian accident cases for decades and we know exactly how to navigate this complex process. You only get one shot at a lawsuit and you cannot afford to go into this without a team of advocates fighting for you.
There are some major mistakes a Dallas pedestrian should avoid making after an accident:
Any amount of time that you wait to seek medical attention can be used against you. If the insurance company of the at-fault driver provides an independent medical evaluation, for example, they can claim your injuries were not caused by the accident but by something else. A lawyer can help set up appointments with medical doctors for you to have a thorough evaluation or get a second opinion.
If you must speak with the insurance company of the at-fault driver, keep discussion to a minimum. Avoid any verbal agreements and legally binding contracts until you have a lawyer.
The three main risk factors for Dallas pedestrian accidents are:
Most Dallas pedestrian accident fatalities happen at night. They also tend to happen on higher-speed roadways in urban areas.
The following steps will help ensure a favorable outcome for your pedestrian accident case:
Whether the accident caused you severe injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, or future medical expenses, you can pursue compensation. Your injury claim can move forward in a timely manner if you have an experienced lawyer to navigate the legal system for you.
The team at Rasansky Law Firm provides a variety of services to ensure our clients are in the best position imaginable to move forward after being injured. Some of the tasks we take off the hands of our clients include:
Gathering Evidence: Our attorneys go to the scene of each accident to investigate. We gather evidence from the scene of the accident, take pictures, gather surveillance footage, and record videos. After some accidents, our team hires experts who can recreate the accident to show vehicle speed, the impact of weather conditions, and how various other factors led to your accident.
Providing Documents: Not only do the attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm gather evidence from the scene of the accident, but we gather police reports, medical records, and a variety of other documents in support of your claim. Our team compiles documents and information to determine the true cost of your accident to ensure you are able to maximize your recoveries.
Handling Paperwork: We understand that personal injury claims surrounding pedestrian accidents are guided by strict timelines and statute of limitations. Our team strives to file all documents, petitions, requests, and evidence for our clients, on-time and accurately, every time. We strive to ensure that our clients are in the best position possible to protect their legal rights following an accident.
Maintain Communication: Our attorneys provide effective legal representation for our clients while maintaining open and continual communication with them every step of the way. We remain available to answer questions, provide insight and information, and provide them with copies of all documents, evidence, and files for their case to ensure they know what is happening at all times.
Our personal injury attorneys in Texas work diligently to ensure pedestrians harmed in collisions throughout Texas are able to prevail and get the justice they deserve. Contact our law firm today to explore legal options available for you.
If you fulfill all of the following three criteria, you can file a pedestrian accident injury claim:
Both drivers and pedestrians have a legal duty to exercise reasonable care when traveling. Drivers of motor vehicles assume that pedestrians must yield to them. However, it is the Dallas pedestrian who has the right-of-way on designated areas, such as crosswalks.
The Texas Transportation Code gives insight into this. Section 552.002 states they have the right-of-way even when the “Don’t Walk” light is flashing, while Section 552.003 states the same when there’s a crosswalk but no traffic signal. Section 552.006 holds that drivers must yield where driveways and parking lots are interrupted by sidewalks.
Texas is an at-fault state for all types of accidents. What this means is that the person who is responsible for causing the accident is liable for damages. Also, pedestrian accident victims or their family members can hold negligent drivers accountable for damages.
Liability insurance is mandatory for all drivers of motor vehicles. The lack thereof can result in a fine, vehicle impoundment, and driver’s license suspension on top of any liability in an injury claim.
What If I Am Partially Liable for a Pedestrian Accident?
Personal injury cases in Texas establish liability using comparative fault. If the injured parties were less than 50% responsible for the accident, they can still seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages.
Are Jaywalkers Liable for Pedestrian Accidents?
Jaywalking is illegal in Texas. If a pedestrian tries to cross the street without using a crosswalk, they are jaywalking. Even so, if someone hits a jaywalker, the injured pedestrian may still be able to pursue a personal injury claim. Seek the advice of a Dallas pedestrian accident lawyer.
To support your Dallas pedestrian accident claim, you must have records of medical expenses as a result of your injuries. You must also gather evidence proving driver negligence in failing to yield or other negligent behavior.
When it comes to proving driver negligence and establishing liability, one possible source of evidence is the film from the crosswalk surveillance cameras nearest to the accident scene. Videos and photos of the accident scene are another. Finally, eyewitness accounts are important for supporting the case of driver negligence in pedestrian injury claims.
The responsible parties you can pursue with litigation for your Dallas pedestrian accident case could be any of the following:
You still have legal options even if:
You will need to contact your own insurance company. Alternatively, an experienced lawyer can contact them for you. Call Rasansky Law Firm for a free consultation.
We firmly believe that a person who was injured due to someone else’s negligence should never be forced to spend their own money to pay for their medical bills or any of their pain and suffering. For this reason, our team provides aggressive legal representation to ensure our clients protect their legal rights and get the maximum compensation available to cover the damages they face moving forward. Some of the damages Rasansky Law Firm helps clients recover compensation for include:
Although we would like to believe that everyone can completely recover from their accident, this is far from the truth. In fact, hundreds of people end up losing their lives every year due to pedestrian accidents. When someone dies from their injuries, we help their surviving relatives get the maximum amount of compensation available for wrongful death claims.
We strive to help those harmed collect full and fair compensation to alleviate the costs of medical treatment, funeral arrangements, burial services, and more. Our attorneys are committed to helping our clients and their families hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions. Contact our law firm today to see how we can help you.
Every pedestrian accident is unique, but the settlement amount depends on three main factors:
Other factors such as cause or motive come into play. For example, if it was not driver negligence but a deliberate act, the driver could still be sued. If non-economic damages can be proven, they will increase the settlement amount you are seeking. The loved ones of a wrongful death victim can sue for pain and suffering damages.
It is very difficult to calculate an accurate estimate of the possible settlement amount for future medical expenses and non-economic damages without the aid of a Dallas pedestrian accident lawyer. An experienced lawyer can help you determine the fair compensation you deserve and give you an estimate of the minimum and maximum amount you can pursue.
If you have sustained injuries in a pedestrian accident, you need the financial resources necessary to get the medical treatment you need to recover. Your best bet at getting that compensation lies in speaking to one of the Dallas personal injury attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm.
Do not sign any paperwork or speak to insurance company representatives before you contact an attorney–this may greatly reduce your chances of getting the compensation you need and deserve.
With decades of experience, the Dallas personal injury attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm remain dedicated to helping our clients maximize their recovery and hold those at-fault accountable for their actions.
Waiting can have a dramatic impact on your ability to hold wrongdoers accountable for their actions. The sooner you file your claim, the better. The Texas personal injury statute of limitations allows two years for a claimant to submit their case, according to the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code section 16.003.
The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm want to speak to you about your potential case completely free of charge. If we can help with your claim, we’ll do so for no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call us 24/7 at (214) 617-1886.
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