Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Houston, Texas, Providing Compassionate Legal Representation to Victims in Need
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. They take their eyes off their child in the front yard of their home for one single, solitary moment and then look up to see the child near the street with a car bearing down on them. With a little bit of luck, the driver will pay attention and stop in time. But if they are otherwise distracted, the results could be catastrophic.
Pedestrians, whether they’re adults or small children, often suffer severe injuries when they come into contact with speeding motor vehicles. We hear stories on the news all the time about a recent fatal pedestrian accident where a motorist ‘never saw’ the victim until it was too late.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident or if you’ve lost a family member in a wrongful death case, you have the legal right to seek financial compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and emotional pain and suffering.
At the Houston-based offices of The Shariff Law Firm, PLLC, our personal injury attorneys are highly experienced in working on cases representing victims injured in traffic accidents. Our law office offers a free initial consultation to any prospective new client looking to better understand the potential for their pedestrian accident case. If you would like legal guidance to help you through this challenging time, please contact our firm right away by calling (713) 881-9739 to schedule your free consultation.
What Are the Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in the City of Houston?
We are encouraged by our doctors to go for more walks, runs, and jogs. However, a lot of us live in the city or work until late in the afternoon, meaning that in urban environments our best activity hours are as the sun is beginning to in the evening, the exact conditions wherein most pedestrians are struck by cars. Even when we’re trying to do the right thing for our health and well-being, we’re still putting our lives on the line in risky ways.
Some pedestrians are hurt just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Can you really say that a distracted bus driver hitting a child is the child’s fault? Or the child’s parents? Tragedies happen. And, if your legal team can prove liability, you may be able to recover compensation from the at-fault parties or the driver’s insurance company.
Common causes for pedestrian accidents include but are not limited to:
- Cars not looking for pedestrians at a crosswalk or pedestrian crossing.
- Distracted driving.
- Driver negligence.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Failure to yield to a pedestrian’s right of way.
- Hit-and-run accident.
- Motorists hopping the curb and driving onto the sidewalk.
- Pedestrians disappearing into a driver’s blind spot.
- Poor weather conditions.
- Speeding through a parking lot.
To discuss the particulars of your unique pedestrian accident claim, please contact our law office to schedule a free case review with a member of our reputable legal team.
What Kinds of Injuries Do Pedestrian Accident Victims Tend to Suffer?
If a pedestrian is ‘lucky’ enough to survive the ordeal of being hit by a moving vehicle, they are still likely to be left with severe, potentially life-altering injuries. In all likelihood, these injuries will require weeks of physical therapy and rehabilitation, if not months or years. Their lives might be irrevocably, irreversibly changed, all because of a driver’s negligence.
Common injuries seen in pedestrian accidents include:
- Broken bones and fractures.
- Deep cuts and lacerations.
- Dental injuries.
- Facial disfigurement.
- Inability to walk.
- Internal bleeding.
- Loss of limbs.
- Loss of sight or loss of hearing.
- Organ damage.
- Partial or complete paralysis.
- Ruptured discs.
- Soft tissue damage.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Traumatic brain injuries.
- Wrongful death.
What if the Hit-and-Run Driver is Never Identified or Arrested?
A hit-and-run accident is a tragic and frustrating event. It is the duty of a driver to stop in the event of an accident, tend to the injured, and wait for authorities to arrive. Failure to do so can be charged as a crime. If the hit-and-run driver seriously injured or killed a pedestrian, then they could receive years of prison time.
In the event of a hit-and-run, it is imperative that any survivor or witness attempt to document identifying characteristics about both the driver and their motor vehicle. This information will prove vital in tracking down the driver and bringing them to justice. Often, a hit-and-run is committed by a drunk driver or individual with prior convictions. If someone is drunk driving, they may not even realize the horrible error they have committed.
If the hit-and-run driver cannot be identified, your lawyer will attempt to recover the maximum compensation for you from your insurance company. If this proves impossible or otherwise insufficient, your lawyers will attempt to secure money from the state.
What Type of Settlement Could You Recover with a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit?
With a successfully argued lawsuit against liable parties, it is possible to recover financial damages that may go a long way toward easing the burden of your recovery after the accident. This settlement may take the form of both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages that a pedestrian accident victim may recover include:
- Lost benefits.
- Lost future income due to inability to work.
- Lost wages.
- Medical expenses.
- Physical therapy.
- Property damages.
- Psychological therapy.
- Wrongful death.
Non-economic damages that a pedestrian accident lawsuit could help you recover include:
- Emotional distress.
- Lost companionship.
- Lost consortium.
- Lost quality of life.
- Mental anguish.
- Pain and suffering.
While it is possible to recover a financial settlement with an insurance claim, most victims find that insurance companies fail to provide the level of financial recovery necessary to provide adequate medical treatment. To ensure that your recovery is not hindered by an insurer, speak to a personal injury lawyer about the benefits of potentially filing a lawsuit. If you are not sure whether you have a particularly strong case, please contact our law firm. Our legal team offers a free initial consultation to all prospective new clients, and we would be happy to assist you in determining the validity of your pedestrian accident claim.
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
If you have been in an accident as a pedestrian, we expect that you may have likely suffered severe injuries. Navigating the complex legal system to obtain compensation for your injuries can be a complicated task, regardless of the circumstances. If you are still severely injured, fighting to keep your head above water with all your medical bills, and simultaneously arguing with the insurance companies, then this task only becomes all the more daunting.
Similarly, if you have recently lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident, then you should be allowed time to grieve. Your mourning should not be interrupted by insurance company phone calls or worrying about having the money for funeral expenses.
The good news is that you do not have to walk this difficult road on your own.
At the Shariff Law Firm, PLLC in Houston, our pedestrian accident attorneys have years of experience helping clients and their family members pursue fair settlements. We are well-versed in Texas’s state-specific laws and familiar with judges and courtroom dynamics. We feel confident we can provide you with capable legal representation in this difficult legal matter.
Our law offices offer free consultations to new clients looking to better understand the full implications of their legal cases. This consultation comes with no strings attached and zero commitment. If you do not feel that our lawyers are the right fit for you and your goals, you can look elsewhere without worrying about owing us legal fees. To schedule your free case evaluation, please contact our Houston law offices at (713) 881-9739.