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Bryan-College Station Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian accidents are a serious issue in Texas, causing numerous injuries and fatalities each year. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, (DOT) in 2021, 5,370 pedestrian accidents occurred in the state, resulting in 1,467 serious injuries and 843 fatalities. This was a 15 percent rise in pedestrian fatalities over the prior year and represents one in five of all traffic deaths in the state.
Pedestrian accidents are particularly severe because pedestrians have no protection against the force of a vehicle. Even at low speeds, a collision between a car and a pedestrian can result in life-altering injuries or death. Common injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and internal organ damage.
At Paradowski Law, we are passionate about serving the needs of the injured and their families. Where you have been injured due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another, you may be eligible for compensation under Texas personal injury law. Attorney Jeff Paradowski is a skilled trial lawyer in this field with Board Certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, which only a small percentage of all Texas lawyers achieve. He has earned a reputation for the expertise, experience, and integrity he brings to every case.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents can occur in many ways through various causes.
These can include:
- Driver negligence: Distracted driving, speeding, failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians, and driving under the influence are all examples of driver negligence that can lead to pedestrian accidents.
- Poor visibility: Accidents are more likely to occur in low-light conditions or when visibility is obstructed by weather, objects, or glare.
- Lack of pedestrian infrastructure: Inadequate crosswalks, sidewalks, and pedestrian signals can make it difficult for pedestrians to navigate safely.
- Pedestrian error: Sometimes, pedestrians may be at fault for an accident, such as when they jaywalk, cross against traffic signals, or walk while intoxicated or distracted by their phones.
The Texas DOT has ranked the top factors involved in pedestrian accidents as pedestrian failure to yield the right-of-way to motor vehicles, drivers failing to yield to pedestrians, driver inattention, and speeding.
Compensation in Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian injuries caused by the negligence of others, whether that includes a driver, a governmental agency in charge of traffic infrastructure, or another entity, are governed by personal injury law. By proving the negligence of the at-fault party, you may be eligible for various forms of compensation.
This can include:
- Medical expenses: This includes the cost of emergency treatment, hospitalization, surgeries, medications, and rehabilitation.
- Lost wages: If you were unable to work due to your injuries, you may be compensated for lost income.
- Pain and suffering: This refers to the physical and emotional distress experienced as a result of the accident.
Where catastrophic injuries occur, your compensation may include other damages, such as disfigurement, loss of consortium with your spouse, home care assistance, renovations to your home or vehicle to accommodate a permanent disability, and more.
Where you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death as the result of a pedestrian accident, your family may be able to pursue compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, and emotional suffering.