Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Austin Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Pedestrians are completely unprotected and vulnerable to injury in accidents with motor vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 4,735 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2013, and another 66,000 were injured. In the state of Texas, 480 pedestrians were killed in 2013, accounting for 14.2 percent of all traffic fatalities.
If you have been injured as a pedestrian in a traffic accident with a motor vehicle, it is in your best interests to consult with a knowledgeable Austin accident attorney as soon as possible. When you work with the Texas pedestrian accident lawyers Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson, LLP, we will thoroughly investigate your accident to determine who was at fault and actively pursue a pedestrian accident claim for compensation on your behalf.
Our firm was founded in 1959 and we have been helping accident and injury victims in Austin and the surrounding areas for more than 50 years. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are skilled trial lawyers with a history of success in the courtroom as well as in negotiating settlements. The other side in your case are more likely to negotiate a favorable pedestrian accident settlement when they know you are represented by a firm with extensive trial experience.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Various factors on the part of pedestrians and motor vehicle drivers contribute to pedestrian accidents, injuries, and fatalities. As discussed by NHTSA:
- 92% of pedestrians who died in traffic crashes in 2013 were killed in accidents involving a single motor vehicle.
- Pedestrians were more likely to be struck by the front than by any other part of a vehicle.
- 20% of the pedestrians killed were struck in single or multi-vehicle accidents involving hit and run drivers.
- Pedestrian fatality rates for large cities with populations greater than 500,000 were generally higher in 2013 than the national average of 1.50 per 100,000 population. Austin had 21 pedestrian deaths at a fatality rate of 2.37 per 100,000 population, which is considerably higher than the national average.
- Alcohol consumption was a factor in pedestrian accidents for both drivers and pedestrians. An estimated 15% of fatal pedestrian accidents involved drivers with blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher.
Any type of driver negligence, including speeding, disregarding traffic signals and signs, failure to yield the right-of-way, distracted driving, fatigued driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can cause pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians are frequently hit when drivers making left hand turns at intersections fail to see them in time.
Injuries in Pedestrian Accidents
Accidents involving pedestrians can lead to serious injuries in collisions with 3,000 lb passenger vehicles. A publication by NHTSA lists the following serious injuries commonly resulting from pedestrian accidents:
- Bone fractures
- Internal injuries
- Severe cuts
- Severe general shock requiring hospital treatment
Other less serious common pedestrian injuries include:
- Neck whiplash
- Slight cuts
- Slight shock requiring roadside medical attention
Legal Help for Injured Pedestrians
If you were a pedestrian involved in an accident, you may be entitled to file a claim for damages. Contact our firm to arrange for a consultation with one of our knowledgeable pedestrian accident attorneys. You can have confidence knowing we will work hard to help you fight for fair compensation for the full extent of the injuries you have suffered.