Houston Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
The term pedestrian includes any person who commutes by way of foot, wheelchair, or stroller. Whether someone is walking to work, jogging for exercise, or standing, pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact a pedestrian accident lawyer from The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today. We will work to help you obtain the financial compensation you need to move forward with your life after sustaining injuries caused by someone else.
Compared to passenger vehicle occupants, pedestrians are more than 1.5 times as likely to be fatally injured in a car crash on a given trip, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, it often results in life-threatening injuries or death. Even when a car is traveling at low speeds, a crashing into a pedestrian can cause traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and serious back injuries.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian fatalities increased by 12.2 percent in 2015, which is the highest number since 1996. In total, there were 5,376 pedestrians killed in 2015 and another 70,000 were injured. Pedestrians that are most at risk of injury or death in car accidents are individuals age 70 or older.
Texas is One of the Deadliest States for Pedestrians
Based on a report from National Complete Streets Coalition at Smart Growth America, which assesses pedestrian safety across the country, Texas ranked as the 10th most dangerous state for pedestrians. In 2014 alone, Texas had 476 pedestrian fatalities, which is third highest in the nation.
Houston, which ranks one of the top most dangerous city for pedestrians, is a particularly hazardous place to walk because its streets are designed to prioritize speed over safety. According to the report, there were 1,034 pedestrian fatalities in the Houston area from 2003-2012.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
- Alcohol – Either the driver or the pedestrian had consumed alcohol in 48 percent of all fatal pedestrian crashes in 2014.
- Distraction – This is one of the most common factors in auto-pedestrian crashes. Any time the driver or pedestrian is distracted, the risk of crash increases.
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Failure to yield right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks
- Failure to see a pedestrian when making a turn at an intersection or backing up
- Disobeying traffic signals or laws (e.g. running a red light or stop sign)
Common Pedestrian Injuries
Pedestrian accidents are most likely to occur in densely populated urban areas and from 6 to 9 p.m. In most cases, pedestrians are struck by the front of a vehicle. Factors that can increase the severity of injury or likelihood of death include:
- The speed of the vehicle at the point of impact
- The size, type, and height of the vehicle
- Age and weight of the pedestrian
- Point of contact with the pedestrian (e.g. upper versus lower body)
- Location of the accident (e.g. intersection, parking lot, non-roadway or intersection)
Some of the injuries commonly seen in pedestrian accidents include:
- Musculoskeletal injuries including breaks, sprains, and torn ligaments
- Mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injuries
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Pelvic injuries
Experienced Representation for Your Pedestrian Accident Case
If you have experienced a pedestrian accident, your injuries may require a significant recovery period while you undergo surgeries, hospitalization, physical therapy or other rehabilitation. During this time, you may be unable to work, incurring medical bills, and worried about how you and your family will deal with such a heavy financial burden.
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our Houston auto accident lawyers have more than four decades of experience handling a wide range of personal injury cases. We have helped countless accident victims across Texas obtain the compensation they deserve through skilled and knowledgeable legal advocacy.
Depending on the specific facts of your case, you may be able to recover compensation for your past and future:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical limitations
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
Talk to a Houston Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Today
We will fight for the maximum compensation possible for your injuries and work tirelessly on your behalf from investigation to trial. To receive a free, risk-free consultation from one of our talented Houston pedestrian accident lawyers, call us today at 281-283-8500 .