Pedestrian Accident Attorney in Austin
Walking to work or around the city is a great alternative than commuting by car. You’ll get healthy exercise every day, avoid stressful traffic, won’t have to worry about finding a parking spot, and can enjoy the beautiful city that you live in a bit more. Even if you live a bit further away from your work, walking to the nearest metro station is still a lot more pleasant than sitting in traffic. Unfortunately, as a pedestrian you are susceptible to serious injury when involved in a traffic accident.
Every year, hundreds of pedestrians are injured by cars and other vehicles in the Austin area. In 2011, pedestrian deaths accounted for more than 35 percent of all traffic fatalities in the city. As the city gets more congested, these numbers are sure to rise.
Pedestrian accidents rarely involve just minor injuries. With cars weighing almost 25 times more than the average person, if a pedestrian is hit by a car, the consequences are often devastating. When you’re injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be hospitalized for weeks or even months. Your injuries could require surgery or a rehabilitation program. You may miss work or end up with a life-long disability. As medical bills stack up, you may begin to wonder how you’re going to pay for the costs to recover. For these reasons it is highly advisable that if you have been injured or have lost a loved one in an accident involving a motor vehicle, that you seek help from an experienced and highly skilled personal injury attorney.
Get the Help You Need
When you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need a personal injury attorney who can get you the compensation you deserve. Paul Colley Jr. has been practicing personal injury law for more than 30 years and has been recognized as a state Super Lawyer in the area of Personal Injury-Malpractice Litigation since 2003. He has the experience and talent you need to win your case and receive just compensation.
Austin Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents have been on the rise in Texas during the last few years. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, 5,000 pedestrians were hit in Texas motor vehicle accidents in 2012, causing almost 3,000 severe injuries and 481 deaths. According to a study done by Transportation for America in 2011, 4 Texas metro areas rank among the top 50 most dangerous urban areas for walking:
- Houston – Sugar Land – Baytown
- Dallas – Fort Worth – Arlington
- Austin – Round Rock
- San Antonio
These statistics are rather disconcerting for Texas and Austin pedestrians who just want to enjoy a walk around the city without constantly having to worry about getting hit by a negligent driver. Another sad statistic shows that most pedestrian accidents involve children and the elderly. Children often fail to pay attention to their surroundings, which can be dangerous when there are drivers speeding on the streets and in residential neighborhoods. If your beloved child has been injured in a pedestrian accident involving a negligent driver, you deserve the compensation that you need to pay for any medical expenses to provide the absolute best medical care for your child.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, in 2012 pedestrian fatalities and injuries in motor vehicle accidents increased for the 3rd year in a row up to 4,743 fatalities, with the number of injured pedestrians growing to 76,000. Most of these fatalities and injuries occur in urban areas and involve intoxicated drivers.
The majority of pedestrian accidents are not the pedestrian’s fault, but the result of negligent and irresponsible driving. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Driving while distracted (e.g. driving while texting or eating and drinking)
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Not yielding to pedestrians in designated crosswalks
- Failing to stop completely at stop signs
- Running red lights
Even if you are careful to walk on sidewalks, cross at pedestrian crossings and follow traffic signals, a driver who is distracted for just a few moments can cause a heap of trouble. Drivers who are distracted by trying to figure out directions or looking at a map are dangerous to pedestrians. These drivers often take their eyes off the road for moments at a time and are not aware of pedestrians who may be around.
Aggressive driving behavior, such as speeding, tailgating and ignoring stop signs is another common cause of car accidents, including those that involve pedestrians. Aggressive drivers often don’t pay adequate attention to the road or their surroundings, which can cause nasty surprises for pedestrians who are legally crossing the road when a car comes blazing through, blatantly violating traffic regulations.
Pedestrian crashes occur more often at non-intersections than at intersections, which can be attributed to accidents involving young children who may dart out onto the road without looking both ways.
Getting Compensated for Your Austin Pedestrian Accident
Pedestrian deaths most commonly occur due to traumatic brain injury sustained in the accident, usually from hitting the vehicle’s windshield or hood. Non-fatal injuries often involve head injuries. Other common injuries that result from a pedestrian accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Road rash
- Broken bones and fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
All of these injuries can bring about significant medical costs, lead to long-lasting conditions and permanent disability. Recovering from a pedestrian accident can take a very long time, during which the victim often cannot go to work, and puts a lot of stress onto the victim and their loved ones. Accidents caused by negligent drivers entitle victims to receive the monetary compensation that is needed to pay for all the costs related to the accident.
Call Us Today
At Colley & Colley, LLP we take personal injury cases on a contingency basis only, meaning that you’re only charged a fee if we recover damages on your behalf. Contact our pedestrian accident attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.