Experienced Dallas Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Ready To Serve You
Serving Pedestrian Accident Victims in Carrollton, Denton, Grapevine, Lewisville, McKinney, and Southlake
Today, traffic accidents do not only include car on car or truck on car collisions, they also include pedestrians being hit by a car or truck. Unfortunately, these accidents often result in serious injuries or death. In some situations, it can be difficult to identify the driver of the vehicle who hit you or your loved one as these negligent drivers often leave the scene of the accident. At our firm, as Dallas pedestrian accident lawyers, we make it a point to track down drivers who try to avoid responsibility for the damage they have caused. We can help investigate the accident, identify the full extent of your damages, negotiate with the insurance company, and litigate your case in front of the judge or jury.
Why There Are Incidents Involving Pedestrians
Texas has one of the highest rates of pedestrian accidents in the country. According to a recent report by the University of Texas, the national rate of pedestrian accidents was 1.85 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people. However, the pedestrian fatality rate in Texas was significantly higher, at 2.41 deaths per 100,000 people. More startling than that, Dallas had the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the state, with more than 4.3 pedestrians killed per 100,000 people. Thus, more than one person out of every 25,000 Dallas residents dies in a pedestrian accident.
According to experts, warm weather contributes to a high pedestrian fatality rate. This makes intuitive sense, because more people are out and about when it is nice outside. However, the warm Dallas weather cannot be the sole reason for so many pedestrian fatalities.
Pedestrian accidents are preventable and, more often than not, involve the negligence of one or more drivers. The most common causes of Dallas pedestrian accidents are:
- Distracted driving,
- Reckless driving,
- Failure to yield the right of way,
- Vehicle malfunction,
- Impaired driving,
- Frustrated or impatient drivers,
- Driver confusion when navigating construction zones, and
- Backing out of a driveway or parking spot.
We have experience addressing these and many other causes of pedestrian accidents.
Damages Following a Dallas Pedestrian Accident
If you’ve been injured in a Dallas pedestrian accident, you can bring a Texas personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. While there is no legal requirement to work with a legal practitioners, retaining the assistance of a dedicated Dallas pedestrian accident attorney can make the process much easier and increase your chances of success.
To succeed in a pedestrian accident claim, you will need to meet several elements to establish the driver’s liability. These include,
- Proving the driver owed you a duty of care;
- Showing that the driver violated the duty they owed to you;
- Establishing that the driver’s negligence was the cause of your injuries; and
- Identifying specific damages you suffered as a result of the driver’s negligence.
If you were hit by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you sustained. While every case is different and the amount of damages you ultimately recover will depend on several factors, the following are among the types of damages you can recover:
- Past and future medical costs;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental anguish;
- Lost wages/lost earning capacity; and
Calling an experienced Dallas pedestrian accident attorney is the first step toward obtaining the compensation you need and deserve after suffering serious injuries.
Dallas Pedestrian Accident FAQs
Getting hit by a motor vehicle while you are on foot can be devastating. Most victims never see the crash coming, and without any form of protection, the resulting injuries can be significant. If you suffered injuries in a Dallas pedestrian accident, you need an experienced personal injury legal practitioner on your side. Contact the Hartley Law Firm as soon as possible, so we can help get you the financial compensation you deserve.
Our Dallas pedestrian accident attorney is always here to answer your questions and provide the information you need. Meanwhile, these are some of the most common questions we hear from pedestrian accident victims.
When Should I Contact a Dallas Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
Contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney as soon as possible after you are struck. This helps ensure that your lawyer can investigate the scene and interview witnesses while the incident and evidence are still fresh. The sooner we can get started on your case, the sooner we can reach a settlement and get a check in your hands.
What Are the Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
Driver negligence is a very common reason for pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians may suffer unsuspecting danger due to driver inattention, speeding, failure to stop at a traffic signal, and a host of other possible driving violations. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include the following:
- Driver distraction—When drivers engage in distracting activities like using mobile phones or other devices, fidgeting with their radio, looking for items, putting on makeup, eating, drinking, or driving when tired, they put pedestrians at risk.
- Failure to yield—Pedestrians may cross a street when the walk signal illuminates on a crosswalk, but when no walk signal exists, pedestrians still have the right of way, and drivers must yield to them. Drivers who are not paying attention may not see pedestrians and hit them in these situations.
- Parking lot—Pedestrians may be hit when walking to and from their car in a parking lot. A driver may be backing out of a parking space and may be distracted or simply fail to properly check for pedestrians before moving.
Even at slow speeds, these accidents can result in serious injuries. Our Dallas pedestrian accident lawyers carefully evaluate the facts surrounding your accident to determine liability.
Is There an Average Settlement for my Accident Claim?
Skilled Dallas pedestrian accident lawyers advise clients that an average settlement for a pedestrian accident lawsuit doesn’t exist. Each accident claim is comprised of different facts and circumstances, and all of these impact the potential settlement value. The following factors impact a pedestrian accident lawsuit and settlement values:
- The severity of your injuries;
- Whether you had to miss work due to your injuries;
- The nature and extent of your injuries;
- The impact of your injuries on your daily life;
- Whether your injuries are permanent; and
- Whether there is a definite determination of fault.
Dallas pedestrian accident attorneys review the specific facts of your case to obtain a range of settlement values for your case. Your injury attorney can help determine a range of values you can reasonably expect during settlement discussions.
What If I Did Something to Cause My Pedestrian Accident?
Even if you believe you did something to contribute to your injury accident, talk to an attorney as soon as possible. Without knowing all the details, you can’t be certain that you were at fault. We can investigate the accident and, if necessary, use an accident reconstruction expert to help us prove fault for your injuries. Even if you did contribute to the accident, you can still recover some compensation for your damages in most cases.
Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?
After any type of personal injury accident, the at-fault party’s insurance company will likely contact you and ask for a recorded statement. Never talk to the insurance company or provide a statement until you speak to a lawyer. This recommendation also applies to your own insurance company in most cases. Insurers can (and will) use anything you say against you in an attempt to reduce the amount of your claim or as a basis for denying your claim outright.
Will My Case Have to Go to Court?
In most instances, we successfully negotiate an insurance settlement for our clients. This is ideal because it gets you the financial resources you need as quickly as possible. A settlement also helps you avoid the time, hassle, and expense of a trial. If we can’t negotiate a settlement, however, we will stand ready to file a civil lawsuit and make your case in the courtroom.
How Can a Dallas Pedestrian Accident Attorney Help Me?
When you trust Dallas pedestrian accident lawyers from the Hartley Law Group, you will have the benefit of our extensive knowledge and expertise. We are a small firm with substantial legal experience. This allows us to provide a highly personalized level of service and tailor our legal strategies specifically to your needs. We handle everything so you can focus on your health and recovery. Throughout the process, we will be there for you, fighting to get you justice and fair financial compensation for your injuries and other damages.
We offer a free consultation and case analysis to help you get started, and you owe no legal fees until we recover compensation on your behalf.
Let the Hartley Law Firm Fight for Your Compensation
If you or a loved one has been hit by a car or truck while walking and it was not your fault, you will need a skilled Dallas pedestrian accident lawyer. Hartley Law Firm documents the scene, contacts witnesses, and tracks down the driver if they left the scene. Give our Dallas pedestrian accident attorney a call today or submit a contact form for a free in-person consultation.
The Hartley Law Firm handles other types of cases as well, including:
- Personal Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Bike Accidents
- Head and Brain Injury
- Burn Accident Injury
- Bus Crash Accidents
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Construction Site Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Uber & Lyft Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Worksite Accident Injury
- Dog Attack
- Sexual Abuse
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Oil Field Accidents
- Spinal Cord Injury