Walking is a popular solution for people looking to save a little money on gas, burn some extra calories, or reduce their carbon footprint. Though this time-honored mode of transportation may not seem particularly dangerous, research shows otherwise.
Pedestrian accidents are a growing problem in states all across the country—and Texas is no exception. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), more than 600 pedestrians die in motor vehicles accidents in the state each year. Pedestrians fortunate enough to survive a serious accident may be left with devastating injuries and buried under a deluge of unexpected medical debt—all while being temporarily or permanently out of work as a result of their injuries.
Fortunately, pedestrians injured in accidents caused by another person or company's negligence may be entitled to recover compensation for crash-related injuries and other losses. Hurt in a pedestrian accident? Here's what you need to know before moving forward with a lawsuit.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrian accidents can occur wherever cars and pedestrians are expected to coexist—often at intersections in urban areas or when a pedestrian crosses a road or highway at a point without a crosswalk. And because pedestrians have zero external protection, when they go head to head with a roughly 4,000-pound passenger vehicle, it's no surprise that they're usually the ones left with the most severe injuries. Common injuries associated with pedestrian accidents include:
- Severe abrasion injuries
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Broken or crushed bones
- Lost or amputated limbs
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Neck, shoulder, and back injuries
- Head and brain injuries, such as concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord damage, which may result in temporary or permanent paralysis
Primary Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Texas
Motorists who fail to watch for people crossing—or walking along—the road are a leading cause of pedestrian accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Their inattention behind the wheel can have a number of root causes, including:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Reckless driving
- Illegal street racing
Sadly, research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows elderly persons age 65 and older and children younger than 15 are most at risk of being injured or killed in pedestrian accidents.
Potential Damages for Pedestrian Accident Victims
In addition to damaging their physical health, pedestrian accidents can also deal a serious blow to a victim's finances. Fortunately, pedestrian accident victims injured as a result of someone else's negligence are eligible to pursue compensation for economic and non-economic damages. In pedestrian accident cases, economic damages may include:
- Accident-related medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
As part of the economic damages, pedestrian accident settlements or financial awards should also include compensation for future medical expenses related to ongoing accident injuries.
While economic damages compensate victims for quantifiable financial losses, non-economic damages attempt to compensate victims for losses that are more difficult to quantify, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Reduced quality of life
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- And more.
Hurt in a Pedestrian Accident? Consult Our Knowledgeable Trial Lawyer
A pedestrian accident can change a victim's life in an instant. While no one can turn back the clock and prevent your accident from happening, we can investigate your right to compensation, build and present a strong case, and fight for the financial award you need and deserve.
From her law office in Austin, trial lawyer Elizabeth Larrick represents pedestrian accident clients throughout the state of Texas, including the Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio Metropolitan Areas. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident and have questions about a possible civil lawsuit, contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.