If you enjoy walking for its many health benefits, or if you must walk to work, shopping, and recreational activities, the odds are increased that you could be hit by a motor vehicle. Pedestrians are, of course, extremely vulnerable when hit by cars weighing several thousand pounds. Pedestrian accidents are often fatal or catastrophic. Drivers owe a duty of care to others with whom they share the road, and they need to be especially aware of those who are walking. Those unfortunate enough to be injured in an accident while walking should seek the council of a pedestrian accident attorney in Austin to help seek compensation for damages and injuries.
Nationwide and State Pedestrian Crash Statistics: Texas’s Poor Pedestrian Safety Record
Nationwide, 4,735 people were killed in pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles in 2013, and 66,000 pedestrians were injured. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data show that from 2003 to 2012, Texas was the 10th most deadly state for walking commuters, with close to 4,200 pedestrian fatalities—about 10 percent of all US pedestrian deaths.
Driver Negligence is often to Blame when Pedestrians are Injured or Die
Running lights, failing to yield the right-of-way, and running off the road onto a sidewalk or shoulder are negligent acts on the part of a driver that can easily injure or kill a pedestrian. If you’ve been hit, waste no time getting a good Austin personal injury lawyer. If the driver caused your injury through negligence or error, you have the right to make a claim to be paid money as compensation for your damages, both those that affect your finances and those that affect your quality of life. But getting the money you deserve often involves a battle with the defendant’s insurance company, their adjusters, and their legal team.
Insurance Companies and Pedestrian Claims: What You Need to Know
Insurance companies can usually be relied on to try to place the blame for the accident on you. You need a powerful legal advocate to fight for your rights, or you could end up with little or nothing. Getting a fair settlement generally requires an attorney who understands the tactics the insurers use to deny your insurance claim or minimize the amount they pay you. Very few individuals who are injured are aware of the actual value of their claim. An experienced personal injury attorney knows what your case is worth and how to overcome obstructionist tactics the insurance companies so often employ.
Serious and Catastrophic Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents
When you are a pedestrian and a car or truck hits you, there is no protective barrier, no seat belt or air bag, and nothing at all between you and the road. This means your injuries are likely to be severe, life-threatening, or life-ending. Pedestrians are often thrown into the roadway by the impact, sometimes into the path of oncoming vehicles that strike them and add to their injuries. It is little wonder that many pedestrian accident victims succumb to their injuries or are so debilitated that life will never be the same for them again.
These are some of the types of injuries that often occur in pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Paralysis, including paraplegia and tetraplegia (quadriplegia)
- Bone Fractures, including skull fractures, broken arms, broke legs, and more
- Nerve damage
- Neck and back injuries
- Herniated discs
- Lacerations, road burns, and scarring
- Injuries to the internal organs; internal bleeding
- Psychological damage, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and phobias
- Chronic pain
Experienced, Professional Legal Advocacy Makes all the Difference in Pedestrian Cases
If you or a member of your family experienced a serious injury or the loss of a loved one in a pedestrian accident involving a car or truck, you are probably suffering—physically, emotionally, and financially. You need and deserve to be compensated in order to be able to move forward and make the best of the life that you must now deal with. At Briggle & Polan, PLLC, in Austin, Texas, we know how important it is to you and your family that you receive a compensation award. It is all about justice and having the means to survive with the best possible quality of life in the face of your losses. We are here to protect your legal right to recover that compensation—the full amount you deserve for both your economic damages and your non-economic or quality-of-life damages. We will fight the insurance companies to see that you get an amount that is fair and sufficient to pull you through the difficulties you are facing as a result of the accident. In most cases, you won’t have to go to court; we have an excellent record of successfully negotiating in your behalf with insurers. But if we have to, we are also ready and willing to take your case to a jury. We are seasoned and skilled trial lawyers who know how to appeal to a jury and achieve results.
Get Help from an Austin Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Time to file your claim is limited by Texas law, so don’t wait. You could lose your right to an award. Call the Austin personal injury law firm of Briggle & Polan, PLLC, today. Your initial consultation is always entirely free and without obligation, and you never pay us anything until you receive a check for your losses. 512-472-1926