Like any other metropolitan area in the United States, pedestrians and motor vehicles are in close proximity with one another on a daily basis in San Antonio. Unfortunately, this means that pedestrian accidents occur on a regular basis in the area, often leaving victims with extremely serious injuries that can plague them for weeks or even months.
Under Texas law, people who are hurt in pedestrian accidents can recover compensation for their injuries if they can prove that their accident was the result of someone else’s negligence. Driver negligence can result in a serious accident in many ways, including:
- Distracted driving
- Not yielding for pedestrians in crosswalks
- Making improper turns
- Running stop lights and stop signs
- Failing to properly maintain a vehicle
- Driving while fatigued
These are only a few examples of the ways in which a driver could negligently cause an accident, and it is important for anyone struck by a motor vehicle while on foot to have the case evaluated by an attorney.
How a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help Victims Recover Compensation
If your accident was caused by the negligence of someone else, an attorney can help you recover compensation for your losses in many ways. Some of the most important are detailed below.
Determine the Value of Your Case – In Texas, accident victims can be entitled to recovery economic damages and non-economic damages. An experienced personal injury lawyer may evaluate your losses and determine an appropriate range of compensation.
Negotiate with the Insurance Company on Your Behalf – Most pedestrian accident cases are resolved through a settlement between the victim and the driver’s insurance company. An attorney can attempt to negotiate a reasonable settlement on your behalf. It is important to have an attorney communicate with the insurance company for you, because insurance company representatives often engage in tactics designed to get victims to accidentally admit full or partial liability.
File a Lawsuit in the Appropriate Venue – While most accident cases are resolved through a settlement, in some instances it becomes necessary for victims to file a lawsuit and take a case to trial to recover compensation. If this happens to you, your lawyer will prepare your case, initiate a lawsuit, and represent you in court.
These are just some ways in which a lawyer may help you after a pedestrian accident. The actions that an attorney takes will depend on the specifics of your accident and situation.
Call the Law Offices of George Salinas to Speak with a San Antonio Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in the San Antonio area, you should contact an attorney right away. Under certain circumstances, you may recover compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, lost income, lost quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. To schedule a free consultation with a lawyer, call our office today (210) 225-0909 or send us an email through our online contact form.