I Was Hit By a Car While Walking
Pedestrians are at serious risk of suffering an injury from a collision with a motorist in and around Houston. In fact, Houston is ranked as the seventh most dangerous city in the United States for people on foot, according to Smart Growth America. Overall, the State of Texas is ranked in the top-10 for most dangerous states for pedestrians. For example, more than 4,000 pedestrians were killed in accidents with motorists between 2003 and 2012, according to the Houston Tribune. If you or a family member was hit by a car while crossing the street or while on the sidewalk, there is important information you need to know to understand your legal rights.
Drivers more and more are using their smartphones while driving. For instance, when drivers are stopped at a red light they often reach for their mobile phone. This is dangerous because it takes their attention off their surroundings. Pedestrians who are crossing the street can easily be hit by a distracted driver who is texting and at the same time turning right on a red light.
The risk of being hit in downtown Houston is exasperated by the high number of one-way streets that are designed to improve traffic flow. Often times two lanes can turn left or right and if it is rush hour drivers tend to be more aggressive and assume they can safely make turns only to find that pedestrians are crossing the street. These types of accidents can cause serious life threatening injuries.
Did the Negligent Driver Stop at the Scene?
This is an important question. Whenever there is an accident, drivers are mandated by law to stop and exchange contact information. This is to make it easier for parties to contact the insurers to file a claim.
If the driver in your case stopped, this makes the situation much easier since you can then exchange contact information and file a claim with his or her insurance company in a timely manner. After doing this, your Houston pedestrian accident attorney will be able to help you with pursuing a recovery for your harms and losses via a personal injury claim. Things get a little complicated if it was a hit and run accident. This is because a motorist that flees means you are left holding the proverbial bag when it comes to seeking financial reimbursement for your harms and losses.
Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident
Make sure you get the contact information of anyone who came to help you after being hit by the car. This could be another pedestrian, someone who happened to be in the area at the time or another driver who may have stopped to assist you in calling an ambulance. If these people were witnesses to the hit and run they may be able to provide information to police that can help them find the person who hit you.
If the negligent driver who hit you is never apprehended by Houston police, then you likely will not be able to hold them accountable through a civil action. It is unfortunate and not fair, but it is a harsh reality that many Houston residents find themselves in.
Have Questions About Your Legal Rights After a Pedestrian Accident?
Contact a Houston Auto Accident Lawyer
If you or a family member suffered a serious injury after being hit by a car while you were crossing the street or walking on a sidewalk and have questions about your legal rights, take action now. Contact Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. to schedule a free, confidential consultation 713-221-6800.