Let’s face it- every day we hear about car accidents, but are often surprised when we hear about pedestrian accidents. The sad reality is that Americans should not be sad to learn about pedestrian accidents, judging by statistics: In 2003, 70,000 pedestrians were injured due to pedestrian-vehicle crashes and in general, a pedestrian is killed …
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, there are a variety of conditions and factors that can cause a pedestrian accident. These include:
- Places of high traffic- such as shopping centers, for example
- Impairing factors- alcohol consumption/cell phone use
- Pedestrian Jaywalking
- Unawareness of laws
- Lack of crossing devices
- Poorly times signals
- Poor sidewalks or absence of sidewalks
- Pedestrian walking or running in the wrong direction
At other times, different activities pose more risk, such as working on a parked car, getting out of a car or into a car and standing in the road. Many of these reasons can serve as “negligent factors”- and could allow you to hold the driver or city responsible, or in some cases, both parties.
Besides not fixing deteriorating sidewalk conditions, another way in which a city could be liable for a pedestrian accident is if they did not maintain road signs. When stop signs, “No parking-tow zone,” signs and painted crosswalk lines are not noticeable or if foliage is unkempt, these can all pose risks to pedestrians and makes a city guilty of negligence.
Get help today!
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in which the city or a motorist can be held liable, you should not hesitate to file a personal injury claim today. You will need a competent personal injury attorney on your side, and Zinda Law Group has the qualifications you are looking for. Keep in mind, however that the statute of limitations on personal injury cases in Texas is two years, so don’t delay in giving our firm a call today!