When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the result is often a tragedy. The injured person may be left with permanent impairments or pass away due to the injuries sustained. Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in the state of Texas. A recent report reveals that the numbers of fatalities have increased 5.09% over the previous year, with 661 deaths that year. 1 in 5 traffic-related deaths in the state are pedestrians, with 5,975 traffic crashes reported in a single year, many of which occurred in the Denton County area.
Pedestrians are at risk of sustaining serious, catastrophic, or fatal injuries when hit by a vehicle. Some of the most common situations include:
- Drivers turning a corner, hitting a pedestrian
- Drivers failing to stop when a pedestrian is crossing at a crosswalk
- Drivers distracted by cellphone calls or texts, hitting a pedestrian
- Drivers speeding through intersections at a yellow or red light
- Drivers who are drunk or drug intoxicated
- Drivers who are distracted by conversation, eating, or adjusting in-vehicle systems
If a driver hit a pedestrian due to negligent driving conduct, a claim or lawsuit can be filed to seek compensation for damages. A claim is filed with the auto insurance of the responsible driver. Surprisingly, various efforts may be attempted to reduce the value of the claim, even when it is clear that the driver was at fault. It is imperative that your right to full and fair compensation is protected by a law firm that will vigorously pursue justice and has a winning record in high-value cases.
The process involves a series of steps, which include:
The first and most urgent matter is medical treatment and care. In cases of serious injury, the injured pedestrian is transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital.
- The close family should contact a Denton County personal injury lawyer from The Lenahan Law Firm as early as possible after the accident. Interviewing eyewitnesses and gathering supporting evidence early in the case can make a difference in achieving a high-value settlement faster.
- A medical evaluation of the extent of the injuries will be performed, along with the expected outcome, and whether the person will be permanently disabled and require long-term treatment and care.
- A financial evaluation is performed that evaluates the loss of income from work, reduced earning capacity, and all other financial impacts affecting the injured person.
- A claim is filed by your attorney with the auto insurance of the responsible driver.
- The negotiating process is initiated.
- A settlement is either successfully negotiated, or a lawsuit filed in civil court to seek justice.
- The case is settled mid-lawsuit, or the case is tried, and a jury will decide on the award the injured person should receive.
Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable when hit by a vehicle, even at a slow speed. The pedestrian is typically thrown into the air, landing on the pavement, with very serious consequences. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal injuries
- Serious fractures
- Disfiguring injuries
- Permanent disabilities
Several types of damages are pursued, including:
- Costs of medical care
- Hospital bills
- Skilled nursing costs
- Rehabilitation costs
- Costs of transportation
- Costs associated with home refits to accommodate medical equipment
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
At our firm, we take every case we represent personally. We are focused, have achieved a hard-earned reputation for excellence in personal injury law. Our firm has achieved many notable victories and offers a free case evaluation. Every pedestrian accident case we take on is on a contingency fee basis – no legal fees unless we win. Call (214) 295-1008 today.