According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 145 million adults include walking as part of their physically active lifestyle. While walking gives us many benefits, it still comes with great risks, namely, pedestrian accidents.
Whether you are walking for your health, walking to school, or to run an errand, there are some serious risks associated with being a pedestrian. Unfortunately, these risks greatly increase in large urban areas with lots of traffic and roadways.
The pedestrian accident attorneys at Ramos James Law, PLLC., wants to encourage the citizens of Austin – and all throughout Texas – to enjoy their active lifestyles but to remain vigilant when out to ensure that you are not involved in this type of serious and often fatal accident.
However, if you have fallen victim to a pedestrian accident, then you need a pedestrian accident attorney who has the experience, determination, and ability to help you navigate this challenging situation. With a decade of experience protecting the rights of personal injury victims, attorney Laura Ramos James is ready to provide the care and legal support you need.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 5,987 pedestrian deaths in the United States in 2016. Sadly, this group of road users was one of the few groups to experience an increase in fatalities.
A 2018 report from the NHTSA also highlighted a number of other staggering statistics including:
These tragic statistics show frequently pedestrian accidents occur and highlight the importance of pedestrian safety.
Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable in auto accidents because of the sheer force, weight, and size of vehicles. The likelihood of a pedestrian-auto accident greatly increases at dusk or at night when it becomes much more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians who may be on the street.
The injuries you may suffer as a pedestrian will vary based on the speed of the car, the size of the vehicle, and the area where your body was hit. Some of the most common injuries pedestrians suffer include:
Do not let the cost of medical treatment stop you from obtaining medical care if you have been involved in an accident. Serious injuries, such as a brain injury, may not be felt immediately after an accident but can lead to severe damages if not taken care of.
If you have been involved in an auto-pedestrian accident, there are a number of steps you should take:
Determining fault is necessary when fighting for compensation. It is an important part of the decision-making process that governs how much you are awarded. It all boils down to which party acted negligently. Negligence, as defined in the state of Texas, is the failure to administer sufficient care and safety that society expects in order to minimize harm to yourself and others.
Some variations of how drivers can act negligently include:
Don’t let another person’s negligence go unchecked. If you have been injured by another party’s irresponsible behavior, you deserve to have justice and the compensation you need to get your life back in order.
Walking can address many of your personal needs, especially in the Austin metro area. Unfortunately, accidents can—and do—happen. If you happened to get hit by a vehicle, you need an experienced pedestrian accident attorney to fight tooth and nail for your compensation. You need the caring and honest staff at Ramos James Law, PLLC. We will be with you every step of the way.
Contact us today at (512) 537-3369 for your free legal consultation.