What to Know About Pedestrian Accidents in Texas
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are common occurrences. Because vehicles and walkers often share the road, accidents are bound to occur. Additionally, these accidents can be severe and even deadly. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident in Texas, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on for more information regarding pedestrian accidents and what to do in the event of an injury.
How do Pedestrian Accidents Occur?
Pedestrian accidents can occur for any reason from inclement weather or faulty car parts to driver and pedestrian negligence. The most common reasons pedestrian accidents occur include:
- Speeding drivers
- Driving without headlights at night or in bad weather
- Drivers that fail to pay attention to crosswalks, streetlights, or stop signs
- Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Roads with obstructed visibility
- Pedestrians who fail to use crosswalks
- Pedestrians who are distracted
What do I do if I am Involved in an Accident?
- Call 911. The police can call you an ambulance, file a report, take witness statements and conduct chemical tests.
- Document the scene. While waiting for the ambulance, you should take photos and videos of the accident. Additionally, you should ask the driver for his or her contact information, and you should gather the contact information of any bystanders who witnessed the accident occur.
- Go to the hospital. If you have been struck by a vehicle, you are most likely seriously injured. Regardless of the extent of your injuries, you should go to the hospital. It is possible to be injured without realizing it or to sustain an injury that doesn’t show symptoms until later on. At the hospital, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you wish to pursue legal action for an injury, you will have to file your personal injury claim on time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In Texas, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years. If you fail to file within two years, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact our firm today to speak with a skilled attorney.
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