Pedestrian Accidents in Texas
The Kishinevsky Law Firm is a personal injury law firm in the greater Houston area. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident caused by someone else, contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.Pedestrians in Houston and Texas Have a Comparatively High Risk of Being Injured or Killed in a Car Accident
A 2014 report by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a nonprofit organization focused on neighborhood safety, found Texas to be the 10th most dangerous state for pedestrians and Houston to be the seventh most dangerous city for pedestrians in the United States.
In 2016, according to the NHTSA, there were 672 pedestrian fatalities in Texas, with 79 of those occurring in Houston. The same report indicates that nearly 32 percent of all traffic fatalities in Houston in 2016 were pedestrians.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council reported that in 2016, there were 1,691 crashes involving pedestrians in Harris County, with 255 of those resulting in serious injuries.Pedestrian Accidents Often Result in Severe Injuries
Due to the disparity in size, momentum, and physical composition between vehicles and pedestrians, collisions between vehicles and pedestrians often tend to result in serious and severe injuries or even death.
Often, pedestrians who survive these types of accidents require extensive medical treatment for their injuries and suffer significant losses in multiple aspects of their lives that go far beyond just their medical bills.Do I Need an Attorney if I've Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident in Texas?
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Texas, there will likely be a need to deal with the insurance company of the at-fault driver. Generally, it is a good idea to consult with a knowledgeable Texas personal injury attorney early in the process, preferably before dealing with the insurance company to avoid being taken advantage of during a difficult time.
One of the key issues that may come up is whether the injured pedestrian was wholly or partially at fault in causing the accident. Contrary to popular belief, pedestrians do not always have the right of way in every situation. Some specific laws may apply depending on the specifics of the situation (i.e. if there was a crosswalk or a light nearby). However, for most pedestrian auto accidents, the applicable law that will be used to determine fault is whether the pedestrian and the driver were acting as a reasonable person would act under the circumstances (the negligence standard). While determining fault in a pedestrian accident may seem relatively straightforward, the insurance company of the vehicle involved may try to put the blame for the accident on the pedestrian. This tactic reduces or eliminates the amount the pedestrian is able to recover for his injuries if it is successful.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, contact us today for a free consultation to discuss how we may be able to help you and what you can do to obtain the maximum recovery you are entitled to by Texas law.