crosswalk signalPedestrian accidents unfortunately happen in Texas and can often result in very serious injuries. It is important to understand what to do if you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident. These types of accidents often occur at night or in busy areas, and can be confusing as to who was at fault. Unfortunately since the victim is usually walking or running, they are susceptible to long-term and traumatic injuries if hit by a vehicle. You may be able to receive compensation for your injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident. My firm has experience in representing those who have been harmed by such an incident. This article will address the first steps to take if you have been a victim of an incident. If you or someone you know needs assistance, then contact us today to meet with an attorney.

It is important to receive medical assistance even if you do not believe you need it

If you have been hit by a vehicle while walking or running, it is common to receive injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or broken limbs. For these types of injuries, it is imperative that a competent medical professional diagnose you before you walk away from the scene of an accident. Once you are hit by a vehicle, you should call 911 and receive immediate medical care. Go to the emergency room even if you do not want to go or do not think you need care. If you are injured and refuse medical care, you may not recover adequate damages if the injuries worsen.

It is common that when you first are seen by a doctor you do not know the extent or nature of your injuries. Be open to receiving tests and x-rays to accurately diagnose your condition. Many injuries from pedestrian accidents may worsen over time. Some may even cause permanent damage or require long hospital stays. The reports you receive from your doctor are valuable to providing evidence for the claim process. Compensation from the at-fault driver will be based on the full extent of your injuries. This may not be known at the time you received your injuries. It is important to meet with an attorney about your options before you settle with an insurance company.

Determining fault in a pedestrian accident can be complicated

Determining who was at fault when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle can be difficult. In order to prove a driver was negligent, your attorney will need to undergo the discovery process and obtain evidence. This evidence includes records from the department of transportation or local authorities regarding traffic lights, testimony from witnesses, and possibly even cell phone data. All of these pieces of evidence can determine whether a driver was negligent by driving distracted with their phone or speeding through a red light.

If you have sustained a brain injury, you may have no memory of the accident. An experienced attorney can act on your behalf in obtaining evidence from all parties to piece together a case to show who was at fault. An attorney will also be sure to include in any settlement the many types of damages you can recover in these types of accidents. If you have lost income due to your injuries, your attorney can be sure you recover lost wages. If you received permanent injuries due to your accident, an attorney can ensure the amount of disability is accounted for.

A key point I made in this article is that one should hire an attorney as soon as possible if you are involved in a pedestrian accident. The sooner counsel is retained the sooner your attorney can assist in speaking to insurance companies on your behalf. As a Laredo personal injury lawyer, I am experienced in representing accident victims in Court. My office prides itself on providing the highest level of service and we will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone today to schedule an initial consultation.