Dallas Pedestrian Accidents Lawyer
Texas is known for many things, but not necessarily known as pedestrian friendly. Crosswalks and sidewalks serve more as potential “yields” to most drivers, rather than precautionary measures. As a result, many pedestrians are injured and killed each day due to driver negligence throughout the Dallas area. If you or a loved one have been injured by a motor vehicle in a pedestrian accident, contact our seasoned Dallas pedestrian accident lawyers as you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Pedestrian Accidents in Dallas
Dallas is a major Texas city and as a result, has many roadways which provide hazards to pedestrians everywhere. Texas as a whole has the third highest number of pedestrian deaths from accidents in the country, indicating a problem with traffic laws and motor vehicle distractions.
In 2011, Texas recorded more than 400 pedestrian fatalities throughout the state, which was a 17 percent increase from the year before. Earlier this year, a “Complete Streets” bill was introduced in the Texas Legislature to help ensure that all future street projects within the state are safe for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicle drivers alike. Large cities make up the majority of pedestrian fatalities and severe injuries. The majority of pedestrian accidents throughout the Dallas area occur due to lack of crosswalks and lighting, as well as distracted drivers.
Dallas is unfortunately notorious for distracted drivers and road systems which do not provide adequate protection for pedestrians in the way of sidewalks, crosswalks, and lighting. This dangerous combination leads to devastating accidents. Pedestrians have no form of protection from vehicles and are often pinned underneath vehicles once they are struck, leading to extensive internal injuries including spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. Any accident involving a pedestrian will often lead to months spent in the hospital.
The driver responsible for your injuries should additionally be responsible for any expenses you incur as the result of the accident. These expenses include medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning, and pain and suffering. You should not be punished for taking the more active and healthy approach to commuting by someone who could not take the time to watch for pedestrians while driving.
The Benton Law Firm | Dallas, Texas Personal Injury Attorney
The attorneys of The Benton Law Firm understand that pedestrian accidents are quite often severe and involve life-altering injuries. If you or a loved one have been involved in a pedestrian accident, contact our Dallas personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The limitations period on a pedestrian accident begins running the day of the accident. Our attorney needs to be able to gather all documents which may be more difficult the longer you wait to bring a claim for your injuries. Contact our Dallas offices today at (214) 219-4878 for your initial free consultation.