Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Austin
Skilled Legal Representation & a Proven Track Record of Results
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.
At Briggle & Polan, PLLC, we are extensively experienced in all aspects of personal injury law. Our trial attorneys can prepare a sound case on your behalf, working to achieve your unique legal goals and secure the justice and compensation you are owed. We are dedicated to our clients and can even come to you if your injuries prevent you from coming to our office.
Give us a call today at (512) 400-3278 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation. Se habla español.
Nationwide & 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.
Filing Your Pedestrian Accident Claim
A number of considerations will be made by your attorney and the insurance company when evaluating your pedestrian accident claim. These are important to keep in mind while filing to increase the value of your claim:
- The level of severity of your injuries
- The financial damages you suffered as a result of the accident
- Whether you suffered permanent damage from the accident
- The extent of your medical treatment
- How much evidence you have against the driver
It is important to work with an attorney from the start of your case to the conclusion. Your legal team can ascertain who to file a claim against and guide you through the process.
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 reaching out to a reputable Austin pedestrian accident lawyer.
If a 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, including 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 & 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 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 pedestrian accident attorney knows what your case is worth and how to overcome obstructionist tactics the insurance companies so often employ.
Serious & Catastrophic Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents
When you are a pedestrian and a car or truck hits you, there is no protective barrier, no seatbelt or airbag, and nothing at all between you and the road. This means your injuries are likely to be severe or life-threatening. In some cases, pedestrians suffer injuries that are 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
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, 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 in our efforts 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 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.
Request Your Free Consultation Today
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 pedestrian accident attorneys at 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.
Get in touch with our firm online or by phone at (512) 400-3278.
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$1.8 Million Delivery Truck Accident
Our client was t-boned by a large package delivery truck that was traveling in excess of 70 mph. He sustained a severe neck injury that required spinal surgery. *Net to client was $759,182.96.
$1.5 Million Work Accident Caused Brain Injury
Our client was thrown off the back of a work truck, which fractured his skull and caused him to suffer a traumatic brain injury. *Net proceeds to the client were $900,052.11.
$1.3 Million Hit By Drunk Driver
Our client was run over by a drunk driver operating a company truck late at night which required multiple surgeries and months of rehabilitation. *Net proceeds to our client were $571,000.00.
$1.3 Million Hit and Run Truck Accident
Our client was rear-ended by a large package delivery truck on I-35, which fled the scene. *Net to client was $461,708.19.
$1 Million Rear-End Collision Resolved
Our client was rear-ended by an insurance adjuster in a commercial vehicle causing severe back and neck injuries. *Net to the client was $346,766.03.
$1 Million Drunk Driver T-Bone Collision
Our client was the passenger in a vehicle that was t-boned by a drunk driver, which resulted in her suffering multiple, life-threatening injuries. *Net to client was $395,912.60.
$450 Thousand DWI Wreck Resolved
Our client was rear-ended by a drunk driver, which injured his back and neck. *Net proceeds to the client were $229,040.12.
$450 Thousand 18 Wheeler Rollover Resolved
Our client was an employee working for a company in Montana when he was injured in a rollover collision with an 18-wheeler. *Net to the client was $214,573.81.
$400 Thousand Company Truck Wreck
Our client was traveling down a residential street when a company truck backed out of a driveway into the side of her vehicle. *Net to client was $110,000.
$400 Thousand Defective Tire Case With Co-Counsel
A man driving a cement truck was injured when his tire blew out and the cement truck rolled over. *Net to the client was $123,916.22.