Plano Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Based on the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) crash statistics report, pedestrian deaths totaled 660 in a single recent year, which was a 5.43 percent increase from the past year. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that pedestrians are 1.5 more likely to be killed in car crashes than occupants of vehicles.
Pedestrians are people who walk, run, hike, or jog along the road. Those who get injured by motor vehicles can claim compensation from the at-fault motorist’s insurance coverage. Our experienced Plano pedestrian accident attorney here at The Law Office of Joel M. Vecchio, P.C., can review the circumstances of your accident and make a solid strategy to recover the compensation you’re rightfully entitled to.
Common Pedestrian Accident Causes
While pedestrians are also hit by motorists on country roads, the majority of pedestrian accidents happen in urban areas in busy city streets. These negligent actions that drivers engage in usually cause pedestrian accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Not yielding to pedestrians
- Not following traffic signals
- Failing to drive safely in poor weather conditions
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
Your safety should be your main concern, so call 911 to obtain prompt treatment. Once you are safe, collect the following details or have someone else do it for you:
- Name and contact details of the driver
- The license plate number, year, model, and make of the driver’s vehicle
- Photos and videos of the accident scene and your injuries
- Contact details of witnesses, if any
- Follow all your doctor’s treatment instructions and keep track of expenses related to the accident
Recovering Damages in a Pedestrian Accident Claim
If you were walking lawfully and following the rules of the road and got hit by a negligent motorist, you can pursue a negligence claim to recover damages. Your claim must demonstrate that the motorist owed you a duty of care that was breached and that the breach led to your injuries. Your claim should likewise show that you’ve sustained monetary losses or damages from the accident, which can include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium or companionship
The specific damages and their amounts would differ from one case to another. In general, however, the more serious the injuries and losses, the higher the compensation should be.
Get Help from an Experienced Plano Pedestrian Accident Attorney Now
If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries due to a pedestrian accident, our experienced Plano pedestrian accident attorney can help you recover fair compensation for your losses. You cannot trust the liable party’s insurance provider to play fair because claims representatives are experts at getting unrepresented claimants to settle for less money than their claim is actually worth.
Let The Law Office of Joel M. Vecchio, P.C., guide you through these trying times. Arrange a free evaluation of your pedestrian accident claim by calling 972-380-4444 or completing our online form. Besides free consultations, you won’t even be charged a cent if we don’t win your claim.