Auto / Pedestrian Accidents
Sidewalks, crosswalks, and crossing signals are designed to protect pedestrians from being hit and injured by motor vehicles. Unfortunately, accidents between motor vehicles and pedestrians are all-too common. And the results can be catastrophic.
Pedestrian accidents are scary. They can happen almost anywhere at any time. However, most often pedestrians are injured when crossing a street.
Pedestrians are defenseless against a motor vehicle. Pedestrians often suffer catastrophic injuries, or even death. However, Rosen Law Group is here to help. We offer aggressive legal representation to people who were injured and the families of people who were killed in pedestrian accidents.
What Does It Mean to be a Pedestrian?
Legally, a pedestrian is anyone who was not in or on a motor vehicle at the time of an accident. This includes people who were outside of a vehicle to change a tire, walking, riding a bicycle or in a wheelchair.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Injuries
Common reasons drivers hit and injure pedestrians include:
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Turning through a crosswalk without looking for pedestrians
- Running a red light or stop sign.
- Driving while distracted by an electronic device including texting or talking on a cell phone
- Not seeing a pedestrian because of poor lighting conditions
Types of Pedestrian Injuries
Pedestrians hit by a motor vehicle often suffer severe injuries, including:
- Cuts, lacerations, and bruises
- Bruising and damage to internal organs
- Head injuries such as concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Facial and dental injuries
- Spinal cord injuries that can result in paralysis
- Broken bones
Pedestrians who have been hit by a motor vehicle have the same right to compensation as someone who was hurt in a vehicle-to-vehicle crash.
What To Do After a Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrians who were hit by a motor vehicle and injured can take certain steps to protect their rights.
- Call the Police / Report the Accident. Motor vehicle accidents that result in injuries should be reported to law enforcement officers immediately. Having a police officer come to the scene of the accident will help document and thus protect your rights when you pursue compensation for your injuries.
- Get Information About the Driver. Try to get as much evidence as you can about the accident. Ask the driver for license and insurance information .Record the make, model, color and license plate number. Try to obtain contact information for anyone who witnessed the accident and the make, model, color and license plate number of all other vehicles present. And take pictures of the scene of the accident, the road conditions, and the car that hit you.
- Seek Medical Attention. Even if you think your injuries are minor, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. In some cases, it can take time before symptoms of your injuries will appear and when it comes to your health caution is the best policy. .
- Contact an Attorney. Accidents involving motor vehicles and pedestrians can be complicated. Working with a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney will help ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a pedestrian accident, you will need to prove that the driver was at fault. You will also need to prove the nature and extent of your injuries, and how they changed your life.
Rosen Law Group’s experienced pedestrian accident injury lawyers are here to help. We will aggressively represent you in your fight for fair compensation for your injuries. Our lawyers offer personal attention as we fight for our clients on their road to recovery.
Your lawyer will start by collecting evidence to prove the driver was at fault. We will also gather evidence about the nature and extent or your injuries. Then we will submit a claim to the driver’s insurance company demanding that you be fairly compensated for your injuries. Unfortunately, insurance companies often try to deny paying pedestrian injury claims. They often claim that the pedestrian was somehow at fault for causing the injury. They will claim that the pedestrian was comparatively negligent.
Insurance Companies Blame the Pedestrian for Causing the Accident
Insurance companies may use the legal doctrine of comparative negligence to claim that you were partially to blame for causing the accident. They may claim that you were crossing the street without a walk signal, jaywalking, or darted into traffic. Being blamed, even for a small percentage of causing the accident, can have a significant effect on the amount of your financial recovery. If the insurance company can prove that you were even partially at fault, your recovery will be reduced by the percentage of your fault in causing the accident.
And even if the insurance company does agree to pay, it is unlikely that their first or even second and third offers will be for the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Rosen Law Group. Fighting for Fair Compensation After a Pedestrian Accident.
An experienced pedestrian accident injury lawyer can help prove who was at fault and convince the insurance company to pay.
At Rosen Law Group, we will investigate the cause of the accident, present a claim to the driver’s insurance company, and negotiate a settlement on your behalf. If the driver’s insurance company does not make a fair offer to resolve your claim, we will take the case to court where we will fight for your rights for fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries.
The pedestrian accident injury attorneys at Rosen Law Group proudly represent pedestrians injured by a motor vehicle. We will help you seek and recover compensation for:
- The costs of past and future medical care
- Lost wages and loss of future wage-earning capacity
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Temporary or permanent impairment
- Punitive damages
Rosen Law Group is based in Belaire and proudly represents injured people in the Houston area and throughout the state of Texas. We fight to protect the rights of people who have been hurt by the negligence of others.