Pedestrian Accident in Austin, TX

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Austin Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Fighting for the Rights of Injured Pedestrians

When most people think of automobile accidents, they typically don't consider people walking on foot. However an Austin pedestrian accident attorney will tell you that common collisions don't just involve two or more vehicles.

A decent amount of automobile accidents only involve one motorist. Further, these types of accidents can frequently result in significant damage and horrible injuries. This is especially true when the accident involves a pedestrian.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, the Austin pedestrian accident lawyers at Dunk Law Firm understand that you are experiencing a difficult time. Medical expenses are piling up, you're out of work, and you're hurt and in pain. Also, you might be receiving phone calls from a car insurance provider and you don't know what to do.

The good news is that we are here to help. The lawyers at Dunk Law Firm have been handling pedestrian accident claims for many years with great success. If you have a case, we are prepared and willing to fight for you.

What Are Common Causes of Austin Pedestrian Accidents in Austin?

Motorists have a duty of care while driving their cars that includes more than just other cars. Motorists need to also keep a lookout for the more vulnerable people on the roads, such as motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Here are the primary reasons:

If a motorist does not pay close enough attention-- or their driving is impaired for any other reason-- they can seriously injure or kill a pedestrian unintentionally.

In order to totally comprehend how significant pedestrian accidents are and how to avoid them, we also have to understand what leads to pedestrian accidents.

Some primary causes of accidents involving pedestrians include:

  • Turning and merging accidents
  • Leaving a parking lot or driveway
  • Failure to yield
  • Exceso de velocidad
  • DUI
  • Bad weather
  • Delivery truck accidents
  • Loading and unloading bus and rail travelers
  • Conducción distraída

How Can I Prevent Pedestrian Accidents?

Although it is impossible to account for the actions of those around you, there are several things you can do to help avoid becoming the victim of a pedestrian accident.

Listed here are many precautions to take to avoid getting struck by a car as a pedestrian:

  • Cross the street in designated crosswalks
  • Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right
  • At stop light intersections, only cross when you have a walk signal
  • When crossing the street, be defensive and assume the driver doesn't see you
  • Attempt to make eye contact with the motorist to make sure that you know for sure that they see you
  • Never cross midblock, especially when traveling on busy city streets or streets with several lanes
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available
  • Stay alert at all times. Try to minimize distractions on your phone
  • Only use one earbud at a time so you don't lose all sense of hearing
  • Don't try to beat traffic. If you think that you need to run or speed up, you are cutting it too close
  • Wear bright and reflective apparel after dark
  • Look for vehicles entering or exiting driveways and parking garages or reversing in parking lots

What Should I Do If I'm Injured in an Austin Pedestrian Accident?

Knowing what to do after you are struck by a car while walking is essential to ensure that you can preserve your rights and legal options in case you are seriously hurt or have other damages.

  • Call the police and file a report
  • Note witness information at the scene
  • Take pictures and video of the accident scene
  • Collect as much of your own evidence as possible, including names, police reports, etc
  • Get medical attention immediately
  • Call a pedestrian accident lawyer
  • Don't talk to a car insurance company until you've had a consultation with a lawyer

As increasingly more people rely on either public transportation or walking as an alternative to commuting by car, more pedestrians end up on the public roads. This is particularly true in urban areas like Austin, where individuals commonly walk from bus stops, "L" stops, or rail stations to their homes or places of employment.

Too often, pedestrians are struck by motorists that are too distracted to notice them crossing the street or walking behind a car. And when this occurs, it will be the pedestrian, not the driver, who pays the price.

The pedestrian injury attorneys at Dunk Law Firm have extensive experience representing those that are hurt in this type of accident. We can pursue a personal injury claim on your behalf, or a wrongful death suit on behalf of a loved one that has been killed in a pedestrian accident in Austin or any other of the surrounding communities.

What kinds of compensation can I obtain if I win in an Austin pedestrian accident lawsuit?

If you achieve a settlement or the court rules in your favor, you can receive compensation for losses related to your pedestrian accident and injuries, including:

  • Medical treatment costs
  • Lost income
  • Estimated future medical treatment expenses
  • Estimated future lost wages
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional pain and suffering
  • Reduced quality of life
  • And more

A Austin pedestrian accident is a life-altering event when victims sustain serious injuries. Contact a knowledgeable Austin pedestrian accident attorney today who can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Contact the Pedestrian Accident Lawyers at Dunk Law Firm

If you or someone close to you has suffered an accident as a pedestrian, visit our firm for a free, no-obligation consultation. These can be very challenging cases, and hiring a law firm familiar with the matters associated with pedestrian accidents in the Austin area is your best option for getting the compensation you deserve.

Our Austin pedestrian accident attorneys have a proven record of success in litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of individuals and loved ones dealing with the tragedy of a severe or fatal accident.

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