This post concludes our series on the handling of pedestrian accidents in Fort Worth, Texas. We have addressed several subjects over our recent posts. Our goal with this series has been to help the victims of such incidents know what to expect as their case moves forward. It cannot be stressed enough that the victim of a pedestrian accident should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Such incidents can lead to serious injuries and involve complicated legal issues. Contacting a lawyer sooner, rather than later, can help to maximize your chances of recovery.
We have looked at several issues over our recent articles. Subjects we covered included:
- How Texas’ comparative fault laws impact a pedestrian accident
- Determining whether a pedestrian was harmed due to distracted driving
- Calculating damages in a pedestrian accident case
These are important topics for several reasons. First, it is possible that a person crossing the street and the driver can both share responsibility for the accident. Say, for example, that one was crossing against a red signal but the driver was not paying attention and had an opportunity to avoid hitting the pedestrian – such a situation can lead to application of our state’s comparative fault laws. Second, if a pedestrian was harmed due to distracted driving than a larger percentage of the fault, if not all of it, is likely to be assigned to the driver. Finally, it is important to understand that such cases can result in serious injuries and that calculating damages can become a complex process.
A pedestrian accident attorney can assist with the issues which arise in such matters. In cases where liability is being disputed, counsel will be able to give you an honest assessment as to whether recovery is a possibility. They will also use the discovery process to gather proof of distracted driving. Such proof may include cell phone records, email records, printouts of social media accounts, etc. Finally, a lawyer will retain necessary experts so that you can prove medical and financial damages at trial.
When selecting a pedestrian accident attorney, Fort Worth area victims should choose a firm with a history of handling serious injury cases. It is important to inquire about the experience of the firm’s attorneys and to find out whether they are board certified. Finally, you should determine whether the firm is capable of advancing court costs, whether it has an on-staff investigator, and whether it can “go the distance” with a large defendant. This is true whether you were injured in counties including Tarrant, Dallas, Johnson, and Wise as well as Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Haltom City, Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Watauga, Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Arlington, Keller, Grand Prairie, and Dallas.