You'd imagine that traffic accidents are something that only drivers need to worry about, but you'd be wrong to assume this. Pedestrians are often pulled into this mess as unwary victims of automobile crashes in which they took no part.
Since the people walking on sidewalks, sides of the streets, or using the zebra crossing, have no protection on hand, they suffer the most when a vehicle strikes a Pedestrian. Dallas Pedestrian accidents lawyers want to be able to assist you.. Wrongful deaths are not uncommon in such situations with an average of 417 pedestrians losing their lives every year in Texas.
However, the pain and suffering that befalls the victims of such tragedies is only half of the picture – as an accident victim, you'll have to deal with the greedy insurance company (of the at-faulty party) to secure fair compensation. If things don't resolve with settlement negotiations, you'll have to file a personal injury lawsuit and convince the judge or jury to give you a fair reimbursement.
Professional Dallas pedestrian accident lawyers can help you in all stages of the process and simplify everything for you.
The Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Dallas, Texas
In most cases, it is not the victim to be blamed, at least they don't have a big share in the fault. The truth is that the streets are not designed for pedestrians at all, but instead for automobiles. This alone is enough to suggest that pedestrians are highly vulnerable.
Couple this up with unsafe road conditions and deliberate negligence from a driver, and you've got the perfect recipe for disaster.
Pedestrian accidents happen due to the following:
- Drivers tend to get busy texting (or otherwise) while driving, resulting in distracted driving accidents.
- The at-fault driver may be inebriated when the incident happened.
- Drowsy driving is also a major cause of such crashes.
- Jaywalking or disobeying the traffic signals, on part of the pedestrian, can also lead to accidents.
- And so much more…
However, the pedestrian is rarely at-fault and has the most to suffer. But you need not suffer anymore because professional attorneys will be more than eager to take charge of matters for you and win you compensation without any upfront fees.
Types of Damages Sustained By Pedestrian Accident Victims
Setting aside the very likely possibility of death in such scenarios, pedestrian accidents are nothing to be taken lightly. The severity of injuries associated with such accidents cannot be completely reflected in medical bills or psychiatric consultation fees, because one cannot put a price on pain and suffering.
Bone fractures are pretty common in these scenarios, and as agonizing as they may be, their impact fades in comparison with traumatic brain injuries and a spinal cord injury associated with such accidents. Not only is blunt trauma to the brain life-threatening but may have lasting effects on the person receiving such a treatment.
Cuts and bruises are also pretty common, and you will have to get a tetanus shot if there were any scrapes but injection is the least of your worries. In severe cases, where these accidents don't turn out to be fatal, permanent disabilities and amputations are very probable.
Not only do these injuries demand immediate medical care but the patient will need extended hospitalization, and require constant nursing even after that. Thus the financial aspect of such agony is also not light either.
Seeking Compensation As A Pedestrian Accident Victim In Dallas
The first thing you need for seeking fair compensation is proof. You can't expect the insurance adjuster or a jury to just take your word for it. Unless you have complete first-hand evidence such as police reports, photographs, the contact information of the other party and eyewitnesses, and everything else showing how the accident happened and what it did to you, you'll go nowhere with your claim.
However, you can fill in the gaps through a private investigation report.
Luckily, auto accident attorneys can help here as well. Even if you are fully equipped, marching down to the office of an apathetic insurer is never a good idea. One thing you'll notice will be the vehemence with which the company supports its clients (or at least helps in cutting down the payment) even if they are clearly at fault.
Proceeding with proper legal counsel is important. You must phrase your concerns clearly and concisely, thus getting your message across with the possibility of it being misunderstood. The idea here is to present all of your economic and non-economic damages and pressing that they resulted due to negligence of the responsible party.
Your lawyer will assign a multiple (up to 5) for your financial losses to account for your pain and suffering. Be sure to seek legal counsel at every step, especially when you're not certain how to answer a question – remember that your words can and will be used against you.
Your lawyer may also try to get you some punitive damages if your suffering was intense, and these will help you get an even higher monetary compensation than otherwise.
What If You Share Some Blame For The Accident?
In most cases, the pedestrian is not at fault, however, this may not always be true. Just remember that you should never talk with the insurance adjuster on your own, especially if you share blame for the accident. By law, you are not required to discuss anything with anyone unless you want to.
Seek legal consultation immediately. If you shared only a minor percentage of the fault, let's say 10 or 20 percent, then your compensation will be cut accordingly. You can still secure compensation if you were partially at fault (but not more than 50 percent).
Just be sure to explore your legal options instead of caving in before the insurer.
The Glenn Law Firms Offers Complete Support To Pedestrian Accident Victims In Dallas, Texas
Pedestrian accidents are both tragic and financially challenging. You must gather yourself and seek financial compensation for your losses by the at-fault party's insurance company. Never delay calling a lawyer in such situations even if the accident was only minor..
The team of professional personal injury attorneys at the Glenn Law Firm has secured justice for many pedestrian accident victims in the past and we intend to uphold this standard in the future as well.