Houston Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Pedestrian-Vehicle Collisions in the Greater Houston Area
Drivers must exercise caution when near pedestrians, including at intersections and in driveways, parking lots, and garages. When a motorist fails to obey the rules of the road and is instead negligent or reckless, pedestrians are often the ones who suffer the consequences.
If you’ve been the victim of a pedestrian accident in Houston or any of the surrounding areas, let Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC help you hold the at-fault party accountable. Our renowned lawyers have nearly four decades of combined legal experience successfully securing maximum financial compensation for people like you.
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What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
To protect your legal rights and interests after your accident, you should take the following steps:
- Seek Medical Care and Treat Your Injuries: The most important thing you can do after your accident is to seek medical care to identify and treat all of your injuries. Then, follow your treatment plan to ensure maximum recovery. Go to all of your doctor appointments, follow rehabilitation plans, and get the rest and recuperation you need. Doing so will not only protect your health, but it will also help protect you from assertions by the at-fault party that you’re not as injured as you claim.
- Keep Copies of Important Records: Save a copy of the accident report filed by the police officer who responded to the scene of your accident. The police report may provide crucial evidence for your case. If you do not have a copy of this report, our attorneys can get one for you. You should also request and keep copies of your medical records.
- Document the Accident Thoroughly: Keep all the documentation related to your accident in one place. You should save the name, contact information, and insurance information for the at-fault driver. Also, save the names and contact information for any witnesses. If you took any photos or videos of the scene or your injuries, hold on to those. Save any medical bills, receipts, pay stubs, insurance company letters, and anything else that may help support your case.
- Track Your Injuries, Recovery, and Related Information: Track the pain and distress you feel daily in a journal. Doing so will help provide evidence of the pain and suffering you’ve endured as a result of your injuries.
- Do Not Post About the Accident on Social Media: In addition to refraining from posting about the accident, you should avoid posting any updates on social media. The insurance company or defense team of the at-fault party may try to use that information to refute your claim that you’re seriously injured or have suffered as a result of your injuries.
- Contact an Experienced Attorney: Most importantly, you should contact Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC to talk to our Houston pedestrian accident lawyers in a free case review. We can advise you on your legal rights and options, as well as how to proceed with your claim.
Demanding Compensation for Your Pedestrian Accident Injuries
A pedestrian accident can leave you with significant and long-lasting injuries and disabilities. As a result, you may be entitled to compensation from the driver at fault for the accident.
This may include payment for:
- Medical expenses, such as hospital bills, physical therapy, prescriptions, mobility, and medical equipment, or other out-of-pocket expenses
- Costs associated with long-term care if you are left with disabilities after the accident
- Lost wages and income from missed work while recovering after the accident
- Loss of earning capacity if injuries or disabilities prevent you from returning to full duty after the accident
- Lost quality of life due to physical difficulties and limitations caused by injuries or disabilities
- Pain and suffering
At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, we carefully review our clients’ claims and conduct exhaustive investigations to determine the full extent of their damages. We then use this information to aggressively negotiate with insurance companies and demand the full, fair compensation our clients are owed.
Time Limit for Filing a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit in Texas
If you choose to file a lawsuit to pursue financial compensation after being injured in a pedestrian accident, Texas’s statute of limitations typically requires you to file within two years of the date of the accident. This two-year period can change under very limited circumstances, such as if a pedestrian accident victim is younger than 18, when the accident involves a hit-and-run where it takes more time to identify the responsible driver, or if the at-fault driver leaves the state during the limitations period.
No matter the circumstances of your case, it is best to speak with a knowledgeable pedestrian accident lawyer in Houston as soon as possible. If you wait too long to file your lawsuit, you run the risk of the statute of limitations expiring on your claim. As a result, you could lose your right to seek compensation in court from the party at fault for the accident.
Common Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
Even a low-speed pedestrian accident can result in serious or potentially life-threatening injuries.
Common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Severe lacerations and life-threatening blood loss
- Road rash, or friction burns
- Broken bones
- Joint dislocations
- Soft-tissue injuries, such as sprains or tears of ligaments, tendons, or muscles
- Internal organ injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Head injuries, including eye injuries, ear injuries, and skull fractures
Sadly, many pedestrian accidents end in fatalities. If your loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident or later died due to catastrophic injuries, turn to the compassionate team at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC for help with your wrongful death claim. We can help you and your family fight for justice.
When you choose our firm to help with your pedestrian accident claim, you can expect a full-service approach. Our team works to make sure you get medical treatment for your injuries and that you are being taken care of properly. We don’t think of our clients as case numbers, but rather as members of our family.
We also recognize the heavy financial burdens that being injured can place on you. That’s why we offer free case reviews and never make you pay upfront fees for our representation. We only get paid if and when we win compensation for you.
The Houston pedestrian accident attorneys at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC can help take the pressure off you by:
- Sitting down with you in a free consultation to discuss the details of your accident, answer all your questions, and explain what to expect
- Making sure that you receive the medical treatment and rehabilitation you need for your injuries, as well as checking in on you throughout the process to see how else we can help with the issues and difficulties that may come up due to your injuries
- Collecting all available evidence in your case, including police accident reports, eyewitness statements, accident scene photos, surveillance and dashcam footage, vehicle damage reports, and medical records from your treatment
- Hiring accident reconstruction experts to help us develop a persuasive case for the liability of the at-fault driver and the extent of your losses that you should be compensated for
- Identifying the at-fault parties and all available insurance coverages, and filing claims on your behalf
- Pursing fair and full compensation either through a negotiated settlement or at trial
Our firm strives to make the process as stress-free as possible for you. Let us handle all the hard work of investigating and dealing with insurance companies so that you can focus on your recovery from your injuries.
Contact Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC today at (713) 609-1930 for a free consultation with a knowledgeable pedestrian accident attorney in Houston.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Houston
Pedestrian accidents can result from many types of driver negligence or recklessness, including:
- Reckless driving
- Distracted driving, especially cellphone use while driving
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Failing to signal a turn
- Failing to yield to pedestrians in the intersection or crosswalk
- Failing to look when backing up in a driveway or parking lot
Other factors that can contribute to pedestrian accidents include nighttime driving, lack of lighting, and adverse weather that can reduce driver visibility or force pedestrians off of sidewalks or out of crosswalks and intersections.
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How long will my pedestrian accident case take?Every case is different, and the exact amount of time it will take to resolve your pedestrian accident claim depends on numerous factors, not least of which is the defendant’s willingness to settle. Simpler cases can be resolved in a matter of weeks to several months; more complex cases may take months to years to reach a resolution.
Will I have to appear in court for my pedestrian accident case?Some pedestrian accident cases do proceed to trial, but many do not. While there is a chance that you may have to appear in court, our firm works to settle these cases without having to go to trial whenever necessary. We are aggressive when it comes to negotiating with insurance companies and other liable entities. However, if we believe that taking your case to trial is the best way to recover the full amount of compensation you are entitled to receive, we are prepared to do just that.
I was hit while jaywalking. Do I have a case?
Although jaywalking—that is, crossing a street or roadway outside of a marked or unmarked crosswalk between two adjacent intersections with traffic control devices in operation—is illegal in Texas, you may still have a case if you were hit by a negligent motorist while jaywalking. You will likely be assigned a percentage of the blame, as jaywalking is typically considered a form of negligence. However, if your degree of fault is less than 51%, you may still file a claim for damages.
Under Texas’s modified comparative negligence rule, you have the right to seek compensation for injuries if your percentage of fault does not exceed 50%. However, you will not be able to recover the full amount you are seeking if you are found partly at fault. Instead, your recovery will be reduced by your percentage of fault.
How much is my pedestrian accident case worth?
As with any other personal injury claim, the exact value of your pedestrian accident case depends on many factors. This includes the severity of your injuries and the impact they have had/will continue to have on your life, as well as the cost of your medical care, the value of your lost wages, and whether you have become disabled and unable to work due to your injuries. Your percentage of fault (if any) also plays a role in the value of your pedestrian accident claim.
That being said, the more severe your injuries and the greater your damages, the more your claim is typically worth. We encourage you to reach out to our pedestrian accident attorneys at Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC to discuss your specific case—including its potential value—during a free, no-obligation consultation.