The majority of auto accident victims are drivers and passengers. However, pedestrians make up a significant portion of accident victims who often get forgotten. Pedestrian victims involved in auto accidents are often innocent bystanders who simply are in the wrong place at the wrong time. And when you combine a pedestrian’s complete lack of protection with the magnitude of crashes that result in pedestrian injuries, the results are often very serious or even fatal.
Unless they are disobeying traffic signals, pedestrians generally have the right of way in intersections. However, carelessness or inattention (negligence) by drivers causes a vast number of injuries and deaths each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 78,000 injuries occur annually as a result of pedestrian accidents. In addition, nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed in accidents each year.
Every Case is Different
At The Goolsby Law Firm, our Dallas pedestrian accident lawyers know that no two pedestrian accident cases are alike. Every situation has its own set of circumstances that must be carefully weighed in order to maximize damage recovery. For instance, even if a child runs out into the street, a driver may still be held as negligent for failure to notice school zone or playground signs. A third-party can even be named in a pedestrian accident claim if traffic signals were not working properly or if a city-employed traffic cop directed the pedestrian into oncoming traffic.
At The Goolsby Law Firm, we think it’s important to understand your rights. Even if you’re being offered a settlement, we will read between the lines to determine if what you’re being offered is fair or not. Often times, settlements only cover payment for current injuries suffered, not for future care for long-lasting injuries. Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Call a Dallas pedestrian accent lawyer at The Goolsby Law Firm today at 972-394-2141 or on to set up a free, no-obligation consultation. We work on a contingency fee, which means we don’t get paid unless you recover damages for your loss.