This is the first post in a series discussing the handling of pedestrian accidents in Fort Worth, Texas. We are writing on the topic due to the fact that one hit by a car is likely to suffer serious injuries. Also, pedestrians are likely to find themselves at greater risk as an increasing number of people drive distracted. Because of these facts we felt it necessary to write a series of articles informing residents in our area as to what it is they should expect after being hit by car. It cannot be stressed enough that if you have found yourself in such an accident then you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately.
We will be addressing a number of topics over our coming posts. Subjects we will look at include:
- Establishing liability under Texas’ comparative fault laws
- Acquiring proof that the driver was operating a vehicle while distracted
- Determining damages in a pedestrian injury case
These are important topics for several reasons. First, many err in thinking that they cannot recover because they stepped into a crosswalk or street without first looking. The truth is that under our state’s laws one may possibly recover for their damages even if they were partially to blame for the accident. Second, proof of distracted driving can be gathered even if the defendant denies engaging in such conduct. Finally, determining damages after a pedestrian accident can be a complicated process as such matters often involve serious injuries including spinal damage, brain trauma, or paralysis.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crosswalk or while walking across an intersection then it is crucial that you call a lawyer rather than trying to deal directly with insurance companies. Accepting an immediate settlement can mean that you will not be compensated for future lost wages, future medical expenses, and other potential issues which will arise down the road. Counsel can help you understand what amount of compensation is reasonable in such a case. You should contact an attorney immediately if you are in Texas counties including Tarrant, Dallas, Johnson, and Wise counties as well as Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Haltom City, Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Watauga, Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Arlington, Keller, Grand Prairie, Dallas, and Fort Worth.