Pasadena Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Goldenzweig Law Group, PLLC Is Here to Help with Your Case
If you were hit by a vehicle while walking down the street, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At Goldenzweig Law Group, PLLC, our Pasadena pedestrian accident lawyer is ready to help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Our firm is dedicated to helping victims of personal injury in the Greater Houston area. We know how to effectively investigate accident details, gather evidence, and build a strong case. Our goal is to secure the maximum compensation available for our clients.
What is Pedestrian Accident?
A pedestrian accident refers to an incident in which a person traveling on foot, known as a pedestrian, is involved in a collision or accident with a motor vehicle or another object. These accidents typically occur when a pedestrian is struck by a car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, or any other type of vehicle.
The collision can result in various degrees of injuries to the pedestrian, ranging from minor cuts and bruises to severe injuries or even fatalities. Pedestrian accidents can happen in various settings, such as crosswalks, intersections, sidewalks, parking lots, or along roadways, and they are a significant concern for public safety.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents can occur due to various factors, and it's essential to understand them to promote pedestrian safety. Here are some common causes of pedestrian accidents:
- Distracted Driving: One of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents is distracted driving. When drivers divert their attention from the road, whether due to mobile phones, eating, or other distractions, they may fail to notice pedestrians, increasing the risk of accidents.
- Failure to Yield: Drivers not yielding to pedestrians at crosswalks, intersections, or designated crossing areas is another significant cause. Ignoring traffic rules and failing to give pedestrians the right of way can result in collisions and injuries.
- Speeding: Speeding reduces a driver's ability to react to unexpected situations, such as pedestrians crossing the road. When a vehicle is traveling at high speeds, it requires a longer stopping distance, making it more challenging to avoid accidents involving pedestrians.
- Drunk or Impaired Driving: Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs judgment, coordination, and reaction times. Drunk or impaired drivers may not be able to perceive pedestrians accurately or respond to their presence, leading to severe accidents.
- Poor Visibility: Low visibility conditions, such as darkness, fog, or heavy rain, can make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians. Pedestrians wearing dark clothing or not using reflective materials are also at greater risk, as drivers may have trouble spotting them.
- Jaywalking or Unsafe Crossing: Pedestrians not following designated crossing areas or traffic signals contribute to accidents. Jaywalking, crossing between intersections, or crossing against traffic increase the chances of being struck by a vehicle.
- Lack of Infrastructure: Insufficient or poorly designed pedestrian infrastructure can contribute to accidents. Lack of crosswalks, sidewalks, pedestrian bridges, or inadequate lighting can make it more dangerous for pedestrians to navigate roadways.
- Inattentive Pedestrians: Pedestrians distracted by their mobile phones, listening to music with earphones, or simply not paying attention to their surroundings can inadvertently step into traffic without realizing the potential danger.
- Age and Mobility: Children and older adults are more vulnerable to pedestrian accidents due to their smaller size, slower reaction times, and potential mobility issues. They may have difficulty judging the speed and distance of approaching vehicles, increasing their risk.
- Reckless Behavior: Both drivers and pedestrians engaging in reckless behavior, such as running red lights, aggressive driving, or darting into traffic, can contribute to accidents.
In a pedestrian accident, you are almost always a victim. But who is at fault will depend on the circumstances of the case. Our Houston pedestrian accident lawyer can investigate your accident and determine who is liable.
Let Our Pasadena Pedestrian Accident Attorney Help You Today
If you were injured while walking down the street, you may be entitled to compensation. At Goldenzweig Law Group, PLLC, our Pasadena pedestrian accident lawyer is ready to help you seek the compensation you deserve.
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What is negligence?
“Negligence” refers to careless, reckless, or wrongful (including unlawful) behavior. Often, this type of behavior leads to serious accidents, injuries, and even deaths. Some examples of negligence include someone who runs a red light because they were texting while driving, a shop owner who fails to put out a “wet floor” sign after an employee mops up a spill, or a dog owner who allows their dangerous dog to roam free and unleashed in a public park.
How do I know if I have a case?
You likely have a personal injury case if you were injured and suffered measurable damages—such as medical bills or pain and suffering—due to the careless, reckless, negligent, or wrongful conduct of another person or party. In other words, if someone else is to blame for your injuries, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim. The best way to know whether you have a case is to contact an attorney at our firm for a free consultation. During this initial meeting, we can go over the details of your situation and provide personalized counsel tailored to your circumstances.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
The exact value of your personal injury case depends on a variety of factors. Some of these factors include the severity of your injuries, the extent of your damages, whether you had to take time off work to recover, how much time you had to take off work, whether your injuries resulted in a disability, and your degree of fault (if any) in causing the event that led to your injuries. It is not possible for any attorney to estimate the value of your claim without first reviewing the specific details involved. We encourage you to reach out to our Houston personal injury attorneys at Goldenzweig Law Group to request a complimentary case review.
Will I have to go to court?
Not all personal injury cases go to court. In fact, many settle in pre-trial litigation or as a result of your attorney’s negotiations with the insurance company. However, if the liable party refuses to play fair, you want an attorney who is not only willing but also has the experience needed to aggressively represent you at trial. At Goldenzweig Law Group, PLLC, we will prepare you for what to expect with your case, including whether or not you may need to go to court.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
In most cases, there is a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in Texas (surrounding states may have different laws). This means that you typically have just two years from the date of injury to bring your claim in court. Sometimes, when an injury is not discovered right away, the statute of limitations will be deferred to two years from the date on which the injury was discovered or reasonably could have been discovered.
There are some exceptions to this two-year deadline, but they are rare. We encourage you to act quickly after an accident or injury to avoid losing your right to seek compensation for your damages. If the statute of limitations expires, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case. Even if you think it might be too late, reach out to Goldenzweig Law Group, PLLC to discuss your legal options.