How Often Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen in Dallas?
If you are one of the lucky ones and survive a pedestrian accident, you may find yourself with very serious injuries that require extensive medical care. While no one likes to contemplate litigation, it may be a choice you have to make.
The experienced personal injury team at Godsey Martin P.C. is ready to stand by your side as you seek compensation for your injuries or for the tragic loss of a loved one. Here’s what you need to know about pedestrian accidents in Dallas, and how our team can help.
Pedestrian accidents happen in the Dallas region at an alarming rate, with severe consequences for those involved. According to a study by the Texas A&M University Transportation Institute, pedestrians have recently been involved in around 1,000 accidents a year in Dallas, resulting in about 80 fatalities.
The university found that Dallas County has the fourth-highest rate of pedestrian fatalities among U.S. counties in 2016. Statewide, the numbers are even starker, with close to 7,000 pedestrian accidents resulting in 600 deaths and 1400 injuries a year. Part of that, researchers say, is due to linear population growth, especially in more densely populated areas, and they also note that fatalities are on the rise across the country. Statewide, pedestrians account for 20 percent of all traffic fatalities, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
The numbers are startling and clear: traffic poses significant dangers to those who like to walk around the region, including severe injury or death. If you’ve been hurt or have lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses. Let Godsey Martin PC review your case and explain the options.
This all creates a staggering toll. Officials estimate that more than 3,000 pedestrians died in Texas traffic crashes between 2015 and 2019.
What are the Main Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?
Why are Texas roads so dangerous for pedestrians? There’s no easy way to put this: Human error and poor judgment. Researchers with Texas A&M looked into the numbers and found, for instance, that a third of pedestrian fatalities in 2016 involved pedestrians on freeways, which besides being against the law is the most dangerous place to be walking.
The studies also document that drugs and alcohol play a major role. About one-third involved pedestrians who were found to be under the influence, with an additional small percentage involving drivers who were drunk or high.
More specifically, Texas A&M found the main causes to be:
- Failure of a pedestrian to yield the right of way to a vehicle.
- Failure of the vehicle to yield the right of way to the pedestrian.
- Disregarding stop signs or stoplights.
- Distracted driving.
- Driving outside of a single lane.
Many of these root causes can be considered in evaluating whether you have a proper personal injury claim for injuries suffered in a pedestrian accident.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help?
Personal injury attorneys represent parties who have suffered either physical or emotional injuries, usually through the recklessness or negligence of another. These injuries commonly occur during automobile accidents, but also through workplace accidents, assault, product defects, medical malpractice, abuse, or exposure to toxic substances. Personal injury attorneys also address emotional and reputational injuries, such as defamation of character.
Working with the personal injury attorneys at Godsey Martin, serving Dallas and Houston, Texas, you will examine the facts, circumstances, and the law involved in your case and decide on how best to obtain the compensation you are due.
This doesn’t always involve litigation. A personal injury attorney can represent you in discussions with insurance companies to resolve the case without going to court. It’s a good idea to let your attorneys talk with insurance companies, which often will try to settle a case early for the least amount of money. After the trauma of a pedestrian accident, the last thing you want is the stress of answering questions from insurance adjusters.
What Damages Can I Obtain?
Personal injury law intends to make you, as the victim of a pedestrian accident, whole again financially. Injuries from pedestrian accidents can be severe and often require extensive and expensive medical treatments, including physical therapy and rehab. One of the main areas of recovery is the money you have spent on medical care, and the attorneys at Godsey Martin can help you understand what documentation you need to establish your claim.
You can also seek other costs, such as lost wages from time missed at work, loss of earning capacity because of your injuries, and the cost of transportation to medical appointments. Finally, you may also be able to sue for and receive an award for emotional trauma — for pain and suffering in the immediate aftermath of the accident and beyond.
Personal Injury Law at Godsey Martin, PC
The attorneys at Godsey Martin PC, serving Houston and Dallas, Texas, specialize in personal injury law. In addition to pedestrian accidents, we represent clients in motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, DUI accidents, bicycle accidents, and other incidents leading to personal injuries. We’re fighters with decades of experience in representing the interests of individuals and protecting the community. Godsey Martin can also help you with property damage claims. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation where we will review the facts and evidence. Don’t wait and test the statute of limitations! Call us or contact us online today for an appointment.
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