San Antonio Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The danger faced by pedestrians because of inattentive drivers or drivers who refuse to obey laws regarding pedestrian crosswalks is one that most people have experienced at one time or another. Unfortunately for some, this danger often leads to an incident that can and does have tragic and fatal consequences.
Collisions between vehicles and pedestrians are some of the most serious traffic accidents that occur in the San Antonio area. Pedestrians are completely vulnerable and generally have no protection from the impact of the crash. For this reason, pedestrian accidents can often be completely life-changing or even fatal.
Because of the damage a pedestrian accident can cause for you and your family, you need highly qualified legal representation as soon as possible after your accident. While your first priority should always be getting treatment for your injuries, your next step should be to call a law firm that will stand up for your rights as a pedestrian accident victim. The Law Offices of George Salinas helps clients in and around San Antonio who have suffered a wide range of injuries in pedestrian accidents. To discuss a possible case for free, please contact our office today.
The Prevalence of Pedestrian Accidents in San Antonio
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 129,000 people visited emergency departments in a single year in the United States due to injuries caused by pedestrian accidents. An additional 5,376 pedestrians died from their injuries and pedestrians have a 1.5 greater chance of being killed in a traffic accident than motorists. Even if a pedestrian survives a collision, they often have a long recovery period ahead of them.
It is important to know what can increase the risk of a pedestrian accident so that you can work to keep yourself and your family safe whenever possible. Some risk factors include:
- Adults over age 65
- Urban areas
- Non-intersection areas
- Nighttime or dark conditions
While many pedestrians accidents do happen in crosswalks, it is important to realize that most crashes happen away from intersections. This may involve a pedestrian crossing a street where no crosswalk was available or even a driver hitting someone walking along a sidewalk or shoulder. Pedestrian accidents can happen at any time and you should always know what to do to protect your rights.
Seeking Medical Attention for Pedestrian Injuries
Pedestrians can suffer a wide variety of traumatic injuries from the impact of the car or from hitting the ground or other objects. In some cases, a pedestrian may roll over the car that hit them before they land on the pavement, providing many opportunities for multiple injuries to occur. Some of the more common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Moderate or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Sprains, strains, and tears
- Serious contusions
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
Even a relatively routine injury - such as a sprain or broken bone - requires immediate medical attention for a proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Such injuries may require physical therapy for weeks or months and some fractures may need to be repaired surgically. Even if you cannot immediately identify an injury, you should always undergo a medical evaluation if you feel any pain, discomfort, or anything else out of the ordinary.
Many pedestrians sustain significantly more serious injuries, which can even be catastrophic. For example, if emergency medical personnel suspect that you have suffered a spinal cord injury, they must take proper stabilization measures when transporting you to the hospital. Once there, you will likely be kept for days or weeks while your condition is monitored and treated to prevent any unnecessary effects or complications. Doctors will repeatedly check the severity of your injury and determine whether any paralysis or impairments are temporary or permanent.
In addition, pedestrians who sustain serious brain injuries may be left unconscious. Severe TBIs can leave a patient in a coma for weeks or months, during which they will need to be in the hospital and maybe even the intensive care unit. Injuries to the spine and brain often have permanent effects and patients must learn to live with permanent disabilities and receive ongoing medical care for the rest of their lives.
No matter what type of injury you may have sustained, it is critical to seek the necessary medical attention as soon as possible after an accident. This is important not only to stabilize your condition as much as possible but also to have a record of all of the different injuries you suffered in the accident.
Seeking Financial Recovery after a Pedestrian-Auto Collision
After getting hit by a car, an attorney can review what happened and advise you whether you have the right to hold the driver accountable for your many losses. Even if you were partially at fault for the crash, you may still seek compensation as long as the other party was more than 50 percent liable for the accident.
To hold a driver liable, you must demonstrate that the collision occurred due to the driver’s negligence. A driver has the duty to operate their vehicle with reasonable care to prevent accidents and injuries to others. A driver is negligent when they fail to use adequate care and injuries result. Some examples of negligence that can lead to a pedestrian crash include:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
- Ignoring “walk” signals
- Running traffic lights or stop signs
- Drunk driving
- Fatigued driving or falling asleep at the wheel
Anyone who has a driver’s license should understand the importance of noticing walk signals at intersections. However, too many drivers continue to pass through crosswalks - especially when making turns - without regard to the right-of-way of pedestrians. In addition, when a driver is distracted, it is less likely they will notice a pedestrian crossing or a walk signal.
If a driver was negligent, pedestrians in Texas can file a claim with that driver’s insurance. Insurance policies may not cover the costs of severe injuries, however, and it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit. Our legal team can handle every step of the insurance process, as well as the legal process in civil court. If you or a loved has been hit by a car while walking, you should not wait any longer to call and discuss your legal rights.
Experienced Pedestrian-Auto Collision Attorney in San Antonio, Texas
If you have experienced a loss due to a pedestrian-auto accident, the Law Offices of George Salinas, PLLC, has a history of having successfully represented pedestrians, young and old, in very serious pedestrian-auto collision cases. Please contact us to discuss your case so that we can assist you in understanding your options.
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