Texas Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Strong advocacy for injured walkers and runners in Dallas, Austin, and Fort Worth
Our nice weather and wonderful views make Texas a lovely place to walk and run. Young pedestrians walk to school and visit with friends. Older children and adults walk for exercise, to run errands, and to simply get some fresh air. Because of this pedestrian traffic, drivers need to be on the lookout for pedestrians at all times – especially at intersections, in neighborhoods, and at parking lots. Pedestrians who are struck by even a slow-moving car are likely to suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries.
At Slack Davis Sanger, our Texas personal injury lawyers have more than 200 years of combined experience. We have achieved some of the most notable verdicts and settlements in the state. We represent pedestrians who suffer severe injuries, and families of those who suffer fatal injuries. Our lawyers are respected for our ability to investigate why a pedestrian accident happened, show why the defendants should be held liable, and explain in detail how much your injuries have changed your life.
“Slack Davis Sanger came highly recommended to me by a colleague. From my first meeting with Mike Davis, I knew my sisters and I had made the right choice. Slack Davis Sanger managed all of the details and people day-to-day…This firm delivered – and more.”- Kyle Smith, Client
How common are pedestrian accidents?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that in 2019, 6,205 pedestrians died and nearly 76, 000 pedestrians were injured. The agency recommends that drivers should slow down and be ready to stop whenever nearing a crosswalk. Drivers should be extra-cautious at nighttime, in bad weather, and when the roads are slick.
Drivers should also yield to pedestrians who are in a crosswalk and be careful enough to stop so that other drivers can see the pedestrians too. Drivers should never pass vehicles in a crosswalk. The NHTSA also recommends that drivers slow down in school zones, in neighborhoods, and when they’re backing up.
Most pedestrian accidents involving cars happen at intersections. Another common place for pedestrian accidents is a parking lot. Shoppers are going to or from their car and focused on their purchases or their activities. Pedestrians must rely on motorists to look out for their safety.
Pedestrian accidents may also happen at construction sites and between intersections. In some cases, such as when a walker jaywalks, the pedestrian may be held partially negligent.
What are the common causes of pedestrian accidents in Texas?
Most pedestrian accidents are due to driver negligence. We hold drivers accountable when pedestrian accidents in Texas are a result of:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving while distracted
- Failing to use caution when the light is yellow
- Running through a red light or a stop sign
- Failure to yield
- Not being cautious when backing up
At Slack Davis Sanger, our Texas pedestrian accident lawyers work with investigators who visit the accident site and examine vehicle damage. We speak with the police, review accident reports, and question everyone involved in the accident. We also investigate whether there are any surveillance videos or photographs of the incident.
What are common pedestrian accident injuries?
Pedestrians who survive an accident often suffer catastrophic injuries that change their life forever. Many victims live with permanent injuries and chronic pain. Some of the types of injuries our Texas pedestrian accident lawyers handle include:
- Traumatic brain injuries and head trauma
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic amputations/loss of limb
- Burn injuries
- Multiple, complex, compound, and simple fractures
- Neck, back, and shoulder pain
- Internal bleeding and organ damages
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Emotional trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder
We also file wrongful death claims when a loved one dies in a pedestrian accident.
Who is liable for a pedestrian accident in Texas?
Our Texas pedestrian accident lawyers file claims against all responsible parties. Often, more than one defendant may be liable for your injuries. Possible defendants include:
- The driver
- The owner of the vehicle, if different than the driver
- A trucking company if a truck driver caused the accident
- A seller of alcohol (such as a tavern), if they provided alcohol to someone who was visibly intoxicated or was a minor
What is the value of my Texas pedestrian accident case?
There are many elements to a pedestrian accident claim in Texas. We take pride in paying attention to all the small details that can add up to large awards. We demand compensation for the following:
- Your medical bills. These costs include ambulance bills, ER care, surgeries, hospitalizations, visits with physicians, rehabilitation, assistive devices, and medications.
- Your lost wages. These damages include any income loss to date, and all the income you will lose (for the rest of your life) due to the injuries. We also review the value of any lost employment benefits.
- Your pain and suffering. You ache constantly. Everyday tasks are now difficult. You worry about your health and your family. Liable parties should pay for this trauma.
We also demand compensation for any scarring or disfigurement, loss of consortium, and loss of function of any body part. In egregious cases, we demand that the defendants pay punitive damages.
At Slack Davis Sanger, we work with your doctors to document your injuries, what type of medical care you needed and will need, the cost of your medical care, and all the ways your injuries are affecting your life. We review with you the documents we need to support any wage loss. We work to show you have a permanent disability that prevents you from working. We also speak with your family and friends to demonstrate the effect of your injuries on your life and relationships.
Our Texas car accident lawyers also file wrongful death claims if a pedestrian tragically dies from his or her injuries.
How much time do I have to file my injury claim?
The statute of limitations for a pedestrian accident or wrongful death in Texas is two years from the date of the accident. There may be shorter notice requirements, such as when victims file a claim against the state.
Don’t wait. We need to investigate the accident while everyone’s memories are fresh, and the accident site looks the way it did on the date of the accident. We need to help ensure you are seeing the doctors you need to see. Call our Texas pedestrian accident lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger as soon as possible after an accident.
Do you have a pedestrian accident lawyer near me?
Slack Davis Sanger has three Texas offices for your convenience. Our Austin office is located at 6001 Bold Ruler Way, Suite 100. Our Dallas office is located at 3500 Maple Avenue, Suite 1200. Finally, our Fort Worth office is located at 100 Lexington Street, Suite 70.
Skilled pedestrian accident attorneys serving Texas
Pedestrian accidents are often life-changing or life-ending, and we understand how worried you are. At Slack Davis Sanger, our Texas personal injury lawyers guide you calmly and clearly through all phases of the claims process. We answer all your questions, whenever you have them. Let us help you move forward by working to hold careless drivers accountable for their actions. To schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Austin, Dallas, or Fort Worth, please call 800-455-8686 or fill out our contact form.