Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Round Rock, Texas
When you are crossing the street or a parking lot, the last thing you expect is to get hit by a car. Unfortunately, not all drivers yield to pedestrians. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate there were 70,000 pedestrian injured in 2010 with 6%, or 4,280 of those incidents, resulting in death. Injuries can be severe due to the multiple impacts the body sustains: once when the car strikes them and again when the body strikes the ground. Most fatal injuries usually involve a traumatic brain injury. Injuries that often result from pedestrian accidents include:
- Road rash and friction burns
- Fractures and broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
Most pedestrian accidents and deaths occur in urban areas – often at non-intersection locations and at night. But who is most at risk for injury or death when it comes to pedestrian accidents? Statistics show that 47% of all pedestrian crashes are the result of drivers or pedestrians that are alcohol-impaired. In addition, pedestrians age 65 and older account for 11% of all pedestrian injuries and 19% of all deaths, while nearly one in five children between the ages of 5 and 9 are killed in pedestrian accidents every year.
Texas Law and Pedestrian Accidents
The Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) has determined that most pedestrian accidents occur when the pedestrian is walking in the roadway. To mitigate the incidence of pedestrian accidents, Texas law prohibits pedestrians from walking in the roadway or in a bike lane if a sidewalk is available. Texas law also requires that pedestrians walking in the roadway walk on the left side of the road and face oncoming traffic when a sidewalk is not available. The TDOT further advises pedestrians to cross at intersections and crosswalks only; if a pedestrian is struck while jaywalking, the driver may not be liable and their auto insurance may not cover the cost of the accident or treatment of the injuries.
Have You Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
While most pedestrian accidents result in non-fatal injuries to the legs, knees, and feet, all too often they result in devastating injuries that include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, paralysis, and even death. The attorneys at Zinda Law Group have successfully represented many victims involved in pedestrian accidents and we would like to represent you. We have vast experience in pedestrian accident claims and we can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free, no-fee consultation. And if we don’t win, you don’t pay us – it’s as simple as that. So call us today and let us help you.