Austin Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Walking has become incredibly dangerous in Austin. Unfortunately, city roads are built to accommodate high-speed traffic, not pedestrians. As the city grows, more vehicles crowd those roads. This creates a hazardous situation for pedestrians. Every year, thousands of pedestrians are injured and killed in Austin.
Have you or someone you love been injured in a pedestrian accident? If so, do not hesitate to contact an Austin pedestrian accident lawyer Lorenz & Lorenz, LLP for help. You may be entitled to compensation and we will fight to get the money you deserve. Call our law firm today to schedule a free case assessment and learn more.
Why Should I Hire a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
The days, weeks, and months following your Austin pedestrian accident can be challenging. You’re struggling with a painful injury and dealing with the emotional trauma of the collision. At the same time, you find that it’s hard enough to cover your day-to-day expenses, let alone the costs of your accident. Fortunately, you may be entitled to monetary compensation if someone else is responsible for your injuries.
However, you need time to recover. All of your attention should be focused on getting better. You shouldn’t have to try to navigate a complex personal injury claim on your own. Hiring an attorney can give you time to get better while also putting you in the best position to maximize your award.
Here’s why you should call the Austin personal injury lawyers at Lorenz & Lorenz for help with your pedestrian accident case:
- Insurance companies will do anything they can to prevent you from getting the money you deserve,
- It can be difficult to know what caused your accident,
- You may not realize that more than one person might be responsible for your injuries,
- Others involved in your accident will try to shift the blame to you, and
- It’s tough to know exactly what your pedestrian accident lawsuit is worth.
Our goal will be to determine what caused your accident, identify everyone who may be partly to blame, and gather evidence to support your claim for damages. We’re tough negotiators who will fight for you to get negligent parties to take responsibility for the harm they’ve caused. If you’re dissatisfied with settlement offers, we won’t hesitate to take your case to court.
Call our Austin law offices to get started on your case today.
Rate of Fatal Pedestrian Crashes in Austin on the Rise
Studies show that Austin’s roads have become increasingly more dangerous for pedestrians over the past few years. The number of pedestrians injured and killed on Austin city streets has remained problematic, despite efforts to make roads safer.
In 2018, pedestrians accounted for 42 percent of all traffic accident fatalities. That year, 74 pedestrians were killed on Austin city roads, making it the deadliest year for pedestrians in more than a decade. Nearly a dozen of these fatal crashes happened somewhere on Interstate 35 or its service roads.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents happen every day in Austin. While there are many reasons these accidents occur, some causes are more common than others.
Negligent Drivers: Pedestrians often aren’t responsible for the accidents in which they’re injured. Negligent drivers tend to shoulder most of the blame. Drivers cause pedestrian accidents when they drive drunk, fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians, and speed through intersections to beat a red light.
Distracted Drivers: Distractions are a leading cause of all traffic accidents in Texas. Accidents are bound to happen when a driver’s attention is focused on something other than the road. A driver who is looking at their phone is unlikely to see the pedestrian crossing the street or the child running out into traffic to chase a toy.
Distracted Pedestrians: Drivers aren’t the only ones who are distracted. Studies reveal that pedestrians are increasingly responsible for accidents because they’re not paying attention. A pedestrian who is looking at their phone or listening to music through headphones is much more likely to walk out into traffic out of turn.
Lack of Dedicated Pedestrian Infrastructure: City roads, including those in Austin, are built for vehicles traveling at high rates of speed. Years ago, there were fewer pedestrians than there are today. As a result, Austin roads weren’t designed with sidewalks, barriers, and signage necessary to keep pedestrians safe. Pedestrians are often forced to walk in unsafe conditions.
Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrians are X times more likely to die or suffer a severe injury in a traffic accident. Our personal injury lawyers are prepared to help you recover compensation for all of your injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Head injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Wrongful death, and more.
Contact our legal team to find out more about how we can help you after your Austin pedestrian accident.
Damages Available to Injured Pedestrians
The costs of any unexpected traffic accident can be overwhelming. This is certainly true if you’ve been injured as a pedestrian. Pedestrians tend to suffer injuries that require extensive – and even lifelong – medical care. These injuries can keep you out of work and significantly limit your financial resources. Fortunately, you can file a personal injury lawsuit if someone else is at least partly responsible for the accident.
Our legal team will aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf, including money for:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages and income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Home renovations made necessary because of a disability
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Contact our law firm today to schedule your free case assessment. We offer our services on a contingency fee basis. You can get the help you need without having to worry about upfront legal costs. We only get paid if we win your case.
Statute of Limitations for Pedestrian Accident Cases
It’s important to act quickly if you’ve been injured in an Austin pedestrian accident. The state limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. Generally speaking, you must file your claim within two years of the date of your accident.
There are exceptions to this rule. You may have additional time to demand compensation if:
- There was a reasonable delay in the discovery of your injury,
- You were a minor at the time of the accident, or
- The defendant has declared bankruptcy.
You will lose the right to recover compensation if you wait too long to file your claim. Contact Lorenz & Lorenz for immediate legal assistance.
Call our Austin Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today
Are you struggling with a painful injury and burdensome financial debt after an Austin pedestrian accident? The experienced legal team at Lorenz & Lorenz can help. Our personal injury lawyers have successfully recovered millions in financial settlements and awards for our clients. We will fight to help you get the money you deserve, too. Your first consultation is free, so do not hesitate to contact our law firm for help today.