Pedestrian Car Accidents
In any big city, drivers have an obligation to respect pedestrians who are walking or jogging in the downtown or anywhere else.
Houston is no exception.
Whether it is due to a distracted driver, a drunk driver or someone who is in a hurry, serious accidents and injury can result from a car hitting a pedestrian.
At Michael P. Fleming & Associates we have seen cases where serious injury occurred in a parking garage, the driver was speeding, made an illegal turn and hit our client, a woman who was returning to her car.
Another case was downtown where a car failed to yield the right of way when turning left. Our client, a young man with a young family at home, was hit while he was crossing the street.
In both cases our lawyers gathered evidence, investigated the accidents and negotiated aggressively to get the maximum compensation for our clients.
Have you or a loved one been injured by a car while walking or jogging in Houston? Has a loved one been killed by a car or truck driver? Contact our pedestrian injury lawyers today for a free consultation to discuss your case 713-221-6800.
We represent victims and their families who have been injured while walking or jogging. Our firm has helped pedestrian injury victims of car accidents many times including those walking legally in crosswalks, in parking lots and parking garages.
Houston drivers have a duty to be aware of pedestrians walking in or near the roadway or parking area. With many drivers distracted by texting or cell phone usage, accidents involving pedestrians is increasing in this country every year and there does not seem to be much that can be done to curb the problem.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Houston
Whether caused by a commercial or personal vehicle, pedestrian injuries are often a result of:
- Excessive speed causing loss of control of the vehicle
- Turning the car or truck without paying attention to folks lawfully entering the crosswalk
- Ignoring stop signs and traffic lights
- Running red lights
- Unsafe valet drivers and parking lot attendants
Pedestrian crosswalk accidents are very common and can result in horrible injuries throughout Texas. Usually, these accidents occur due to the careless and negligent conduct of automobile drivers.
If you or a loved one has been injured while attempting to cross a street – whether in a crosswalk or not – you should seek the advice of Houston injury lawyer Michael P. Fleming. Mr. Fleming has over 27 years experience handling serious personal injury matters. He can evaluate your case for you over the phone or in person and answer any questions you might have. Contact him today.
Pedestrians and the Right of Way
Crosswalks are important for pedestrian safety but there are still many roads that do not have crosswalks. In Texas it is the law to obey the walk/don’t walk traffic control signs located at intersections and crosswalks. If you do not obey the signs you have to give the right of way to oncoming traffic.
If you are at a crosswalk with no traffic control signs then you have the right of way. If the pedestrian is halfway through the crosswalk or in the line of an oncoming car, the car must yield to the pedestrian. However, the pedestrian cannot just step in front of a car when it is too late for the car to stop. In this case it is the pedestrian’s responsibility to yield to oncoming traffic.
Crosswalks are intended to give pedestrians a safe way of crossing the street. However, many pedestrians jaywalk, ignore traffic control signs, or ignore designated crosswalks. This happens everywhere – not just in Houston. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that in 2010 there were 4,280 pedestrian fatalities. Of those 4,280 fatalities, 345 were in the state of Texas. Texas was second to California in pedestrian fatalities in 2010.
Pedestrians hit by cars and trucks suffer horrible injuries including:
- Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Internal Injuries
- Other Catastrophic Injuries
Often times, these are the result of drunk drivers or people texting while driving.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a negligent driver while walking or jogging, contact a board certified personal injury lawyer to discuss your right to compensation to recover for your damages.