Pedestrians Injured by Autos
Pedestrian accidents always "seem" straight forward at first. From the beginning of our time behind the wheel we are taught to yield to pedestrians. It always seems like it should be pretty simple, you hit a pedestrian, you owe for what injury you cause, right? Not so fast, insurance companies don't make it easy on you. When a collision actually happens, its unnerving how often the police, and others try to place at least some of the blame on the pedestrian.
Many times (more often that you would expect) the driver of the vehicle, or their insurance company, will try to shift the blame onto the pedestrian. Examples I have seen are a bus that cut a corner and hit a pedestrian from behind who was standing on the corner waiting for the light to change - the bus driver came from behind the pedestrian and turned right, cutting the corner and running over the pedestrian. The bus driver tried to claim that the pedestrian wasn't paying attention to where they were walking, and walked into the side of the bus, fortunately for me there was a security video, as the incident happened downtown in front of a large business. The security video showed the bus running up onto the sidewalk and curb as it cut the corner. Without the video it would have been a swearing match as the bus driver was already making up a story to blame the pedestrian, and the police department involved in investigating the collision was backing up the bus driver's statement, until the video came to light.
Police often claim that the pedestrian was not inside the crosswalk when they come to the scene, as the pedestrian has fallen outside the crosswalk area - the problem is that the collision of the vehicle knocks the pedestrian out of the crosswalk, often by 20 feet or even further due to the size, weight, and speed of an automobile. Often, insurance adjusters place the blame on the pedestrian, stating that the pedestrian should have seen the car coming and got out of the way (even though its in a parking lot, or in a crosswalk, or at the intersection cross where pedestrians are supposed to be when walking - and its the driver who blows through the light or stop sign or cross walk and causes the collision). As crazy as it may seem, its often harder to get an insurance company to pay for the injury to a pedestrian than it is to pay for the injury to a person inside a vehicle.
Around 5,000 people are killed each year as pedestrians in traffic accidents. We represent people who have been injured in the Dallas, North Texas area. We represent survivors of people who are killed as pedestrians due to the negligence of others.
Pedestrian injuries can be extremely severe. Injuries to the spinal cord, head, neck, or paralysis, broken bones, or loss of a limb can all occur to pedestrians struck by vehicles. We understand your need to get your medical bills paid, to help with loss of income, to force the insurance company to pay for all parts of your injury, in all ways that it has caused you injury. We will discuss your case with you, help you decide what course of action is best for your condition, and work to make sure the insurance company and any other party involved is forced to take care of your needs appropriately and quickly.
Personal Injury Areas We Help With Are:
Auto Accident and Injury Cases, Personal Injury Cases, 18 Wheeler & Commercial Vehicle Injury Accident Cases, Motorcycle Accident and Injury Cases, Wrongful Death Cases, Pedestrian Injured by Automobile Cases, Slip and Fall & Premises Cases, Workplace & Constructions Injury Cases, Dog Bite Injury Cases, Bicyclers Hit by Automobile Cases .
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If you are a pedestrian victim, or the survivor of a pedestrian who was killed in an accident, contact us online or call (972) 599-4100 for a FREE consultation regarding your case.
By Doug Goyen, firstname.lastname@example.org