Traffic accidents involving pedestrians can be devastating, seriously impacting victims’ health and well-being. And they can be costly: pedestrians hit by motor vehicles and bicycles often require extensive medical treatment and may need to miss days, weeks, or months of work in order to recover. In some cases, a serious accident can permanently alter one’s ability to earn a living, enjoy hobbies and relationships, and otherwise live life to its fullest.
FVF’s Austin pedestrian accident lawyers understand how to properly investigate pedestrian accidents, identify potential sources of monetary recovery, and counsel pedestrians who are hurt in a traffic accident. We enable our clients to make educated decisions that will put them in the best position possible to put their lives back together, no matter the circumstances.
As part of our commitment to client education, we’ve created this victim’s guide to pedestrian accident cases in Austin.
Pedestrians are classified as vulnerable road users and can be seriously hurt when involved in an accident with a motor vehicle or bicycle.
A significant number of pedestrian accidents are caused by driver error, including:
As with any accident, a pedestrian accident case involves establishing liability for damages incurred as a result of the incident. To do so, the victim must be able to prove that the other party’s negligent behavior contributed to or directly caused the accident.
Under the Texas Transportation Code, drivers are required to yield to pedestrians at most crosswalks and when driving across sidewalks. However, both pedestrians and vehicle operators have a duty of care to abide by transportation laws and obey traffic signs and signals. For instance, pedestrians are prohibited from crossing certain highways and must yield to traffic when crossing outside of a marked crosswalk or other pedestrian area.
Proving liability in a pedestrian accident requires a thorough understanding of the traffic laws that govern pedestrian and driver duties on the road. But pedestrian accidents can also be complicated by other factors. The following are some of those factors.
Even if you are concerned that your own conduct contributed to a pedestrian accident, you should discuss your situation with an Austin pedestrian accident attorney to determine if you have a case. At a minimum, you deserve to know your rights and options under the law.
An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer can also help in the following ways:
FVF’s Austin Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Can Help
While there are many qualified pedestrian accident lawyers, FVF goes above and beyond to protect the rights of its clients — and has a mission to educate accident victims of their options, regardless of their decision to hire our attorneys. Specifically, here’s what we bring to the table:
If you have questions about your accident case or need help understanding your rights, contact us today for a free consultation. Our Austin pedestrian accident lawyers are here to help.
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