If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto-pedestrian accident, you need an experienced and aggressive pedestrian accident lawyer in Houston to fight for what you deserve. You may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering you have experienced at the hands of someone else’s negligence.
You should be able to walk around your area without fear that your life will be cut short by a reckless driver. The stakes are much higher for pedestrians involved in auto accidents because they are at a much higher risk for serious injury or wrongful death.
If you have been involved in an accident as a pedestrian, call the Houston pedestrian accident lawyers at Grimes & Fertitta. As former insurance company lawyers, they know just how to push back against lowball settlements and unfair conditions. Call 713-224-7644 today for relentless and compassionate representation.
What is a pedestrian accident lawyer?
A pedestrian accident lawyer is a personal injury lawyer with experience fighting for clients who were struck on foot. Your pedestrian accident lawyer will seek to prove that whoever struck you was responsible for the accident and therefore is responsible for making sure that you are given what you deserve for your suffering.
Attorneys prove fault in auto accidents by finding evidence like eyewitnesses or recordings of the accident and going over the details of the accident to prove that you could not have been at fault. If you’re looking for an auto accident lawyer in Houston with a track record of success, give Grimes & Fertitta a call.
What happens if you get hit by a car while walking?
If you get hit by a car while walking, the first thing that you should do is make sure to get any necessary medical treatment. A more comprehensive checklist for what to do if you’re hit by a car would include:
- Get medical attention for your injuries. Even if you feel perfectly fine, it is possible that your adrenaline is hiding any pain. Consider calling 911 for a medical evaluation no matter what to ensure that you are okay.
- Document those injuries and report them to any medical personnel on-site.
- Call the police.
- Call your insurance company.
- Call your attorney.
The most important thing (other than getting medical attention for your injuries) is that you do not discuss specifics about the accident, especially who was at fault, with anyone but your attorney. You can tell them that you were hit by a car and about your injuries, but only discuss the accident with your pedestrian accident lawyer.
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Can I claim compensation as a pedestrian?
If the driver of the car or truck is found at fault for your accident, you can likely claim damages. What kinds of damages can pedestrian accident victims claim? Victims suing for injury can sue for the following types of damages:
- Special compensatory damages include:
- Medical expenses like medical bills, surgery and lab costs, ambulance fees, medication costs, physical therapy, and caretaking expenses
- Property damages for any property damaged in the accident
- Loss of wages suffered because of the accident
- General compensatory damages include:
- Pain and suffering from long-term physical complications
- Mental anguish
- Physical impairment or disfigurement
- Wrongful death damages include:
- Funeral or burial expenses
- Medical expenses prior to a victim’s death
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of financial contribution
- Punitive damages are intended to punish the party who is responsible and deter them from behaving similarly in the future.
Once fault is established in a pedestrian-auto accident case, most of the litigation will surround how much of what damages are appropriate to be awarded to the victim. Keeping a detailed log of any physical evidence of all of the ways in which you have been impacted by your accident — like written diagnosis, lost wages, and medical bills — will help your attorney get you everything that you deserve.
Comparative fault in car and truck accidents in Texas
Pedestrians hit by a truck or a car in Texas may still be able to claim damages even if they are partially at fault. Fault in Texas is calculated based on a “modified comparative fault” system.
The jury essentially assigns the culpability of each party involved to an exact percentage. The less responsible you are for the accident, the more you will receive in compensation. There does, however, exist a majority fault condition that was put in place to dissuade drivers from causing accidents in order to receive settlements, stating that if a party is more than 50% responsible for their accident, they are not entitled to compensation.
Comparative fault is intended to allow more fair distribution of the funds intended to help those victims recover. Still, you’re going to need the best Houston truck accident lawyer that you can find if you want to win.
Choose Grimes & Fertitta to be your pedestrian accident lawyers in Houston
Hiring a top pedestrian accident lawyer in Houston could be the difference between getting justice for your suffering and being pushed aside by the insurance companies. Insurance agents will use every method available to them to get you to take settlements that are less than you deserve. We should know, we used to work for insurance companies.
The attorneys at Grimes & Fertitta know just when the insurance adjusters will try to get you to settle. Don’t let them decide how much compensation you get for your suffering, only accept how much you deserve. Call Grimes & Fertitta today at (713) 224-7644 or contact us online for a free consultation.