In the most recent data available, the NHTSA reported that almost 5,000 pedestrians died in a vehicle accident during 2012. Another 76,000 were injured. In 2014, The Texas Tribune reported on Texas’ poor pedestrian ratings with information from the National Complete Streets Coalition at Smart Growth America that ranked Texas as the 10th most dangerous state for pedestrian commuters. The state’s rate of pedestrian deaths accounted for roughly 10% of the nation’s total.
2015 Pedestrian Fatalities
Those statistics highlight the need for the extreme caution pedestrians should exercise when walking around the cities and towns of Texas. Following road signals and signs may not be enough to keep you safe. Always look for road hazards before crossing, and make eye contact with drivers when possible to prevent careless collisions.
Determining Fault in a Pedestrian Accident
According to Texas state law, pedestrians may not always have the right of way in traffic. Determining liability can often be a difficult and complex process. Pedestrian accidents tend to be very injurious to the person hit, sometimes to the point that he or she cannot make a statement at the scene. In these cases, a driver’s statement may influence the outcome of an investigation and leave a victim at a disadvantage.
Drivers are responsible for driving with reasonable duty of care. They should not be distracted, speeding, or fail to follow the rules of the road. Around children, drivers are expected to show extreme caution. Children can behave unpredictably, and drivers should exercise extra care around playgrounds, schools, and in residential areas.
Pedestrians are also responsible for maintaining a degree of care to protect themselves. They should not jaywalk, ignore walk signals, or dart into traffic. Doing so could be considered contributory negligence in an accident case.
Finding an Attorney
Pedestrian accident cases are rarely ever straightforward. They include a wide range of injury possibilities or death, and cases involving children require special considerations. At the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, we specialize in personal injury trial law. Our founding attorney, Aaron Herbert, is one of less than 2% of practicing attorneys in the state who are board-certified in personal injury trial law. This distinguishing accomplishment sets our practice apart in terms of skill and experience. For more than ten years, his team has been successfully resolving cases in and out of court.
Pedestrians may be fighting a legal battle for compensation from the hospital or while recovering at home. As an accident victim, your first priority should be getting well, not struggling with endless medical bills, loss of work, and undue hardship. Attorneys at the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert understand the intricacies of pedestrian accidents and offer complete legal services. From negotiating with insurance adjustors and medical claims representatives to holding the responsible party accountable, our job is to make your life easier in the wake of an injurious accident, whether it happened in Dallas or in surrounding areas in the state of Texas.
When we take on a case, we use a network of investigative professionals and expert witnesses to build a case based on fact. With more video surveillance on streets and people recording accidents with their phones, it’s becoming easier than ever to set the record straight with quality investigative work and a well-developed case.
Whether you were injured or your loved one died in a pedestrian accident, you deserve to have a knowledgeable and compassionate advocate on your side through your difficult time. Let us help you find the right course of action to secure the compensation you need to start living your life again after an accident. Contact our team in Dallas today for a free case evaluation.