Austin Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Austin is a great city to explore on foot as a pedestrian. However, with distracted driving on the rise, pedestrians have to be extra cautious when walking along streets and roadways.
In Texas, 550 pedestrians lost their lives in 2015 in a traffic accident, a dramatic 12.7 percent increase from 2014. Across America, a pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes. In 2014 alone, 4,884 pedestrians died as a result of motor vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA).
Pedestrians injured in Austin traffic accidents can suffer serious injuries and even death. It’s important to obtain an experienced Austin pedestrian accident lawyer from Colley & Colley, LLP if you or a family member suffered injuries in an accident, such as by being hit in a crosswalk.
Pedestrian Accidents Can Happen to Anyone
From a lone person getting hit in a crosswalk to a car smashing into a group of pedestrians standing on a sidewalk, we can all fall victim to an Austin pedestrian accident.
Driver negligence is most often to blame for accidents involving pedestrians. It’s difficult for drivers to concentrate on the road and their surroundings when they allow themselves to be distracted by things such as talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, and children in the car. Distracted driving can lead to drivers making disastrous mistakes, including any of the following:
- Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Failing to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk
- Cutting off a bicyclist
- Speeding through residential areas or other places where pedestrians are common
Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
Commonly hit in crosswalks, children and the elderly are the most common victims of pedestrian traffic accidents. Children are more difficult to see and will spontaneously dart out into traffic without looking, and the elderly are slower than others in reacting, while also not being able to physically move as fast.
The force of a motor vehicle can instantly kill an unprotected person and will probably seriously injure anyone who survives. Injuries can range from minor to life-threatening:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spine injuries
Monetary Damages and Pedestrian Accidents
From mounting medical bills for long-term treatment and care to loss of income from being unable to work, pedestrian accident injuries can result in astronomical costs, potentially leading to financial ruin for many families.
If you or a family member has been injured in one of these crashes, an Austin pedestrian accident lawyer from our firm will fight to obtain compensation to cover these costs.
Your eligible expenses don’t stop there, however. You can also seek compensation for any of the items below if they apply to your case:
- Pain and suffering
- Damage done to your marriage or personal relationships
- Caretaker expenses
- Physical and emotional therapy
- Medical equipment and medication
- Decreased quality of life
Texas Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury
In Texas, there is a two-year statute of limitations in which you can file a personal injury claim seeking damages from the at-fault driver who hit you. It’s important to take action and contact us as soon as possible, however.
Two years may sound like a lot of time, but it will go by quickly. The longer you wait to file, the harder it will become to collect evidence and locate any witnesses.
Wrongful Death and Pedestrian Crashes
As mentioned, pedestrian accidents are very likely to result in death for the person on foot. If you have lost a loved one in this way, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death suit against the driver if negligence was involved in the crash.
A wrongful death lawsuit allows you to seek damages similar to a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of the deceased, with the addition of compensation for funeral expenses, your family’s pain and suffering, and the income the deceased would have brought your household.
Contact an Austin Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian accidents are some of the most devastating of all accidents. Whether getting hit in a crosswalk or getting thrown off a bicycle, suffering an injury due to the negligence of a driver is a traumatic experience—physically, emotionally, and financially.
You and your family deserve just compensation, and an Austin pedestrian accident lawyer from Colley & Colley, LLP will fight for your right to the best possible outcome.
Contact us online through the form below or call 1-877-411-2001 for a free, no-obligation consultation. With offices in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Tyler, we are dedicated to serving victims throughout Texas. Don’t delay. Contact us today and get started on the path to justice and monetary compensation.