If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Brownsville, The Benton Law Firm can help. When pedestrians are involved in an accident with a car, truck, or another motor vehicle, the results are typically catastrophic. At just over 4,000 pounds, the average car is almost 21 times heavier than the average adult male in the United States. Along with the sheer force of a motor vehicle hitting a pedestrian, the lack of protection surrounding a person in a crosswalk or sidewalk makes these accidents especially horrible for pedestrians, who may experience catastrophic and life-changing injuries while motorists walk away without a scratch.
There are, unfortunately, a high number of fatal pedestrian accidents in Texas every year. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported 550 pedestrian fatalities in 2015 alone, with 12 victims under the age of 10. In fact, reports rank Texas as the 10th most dangerous state for pedestrians in the country. In almost every instance, pedestrian accidents happen when drivers are distracted, not paying attention, or acting recklessly in a pedestrian-heavy neighborhood or downtown area. And while motorists have the benefit of airbags and seatbelts in the event of an accident, pedestrians are completely exposed to the horrors of a collision without any protection, and in some cases without warning, resulting in potentially life-threatening injuries.
At The Benton Law Firm, we know firsthand how truly devastating pedestrian accidents can be for victims and their families. We not only know the physical ramifications, but also the emotional and financial toll that can come as a result of this type of accident. That’s why we go to work every day to represent pedestrian accident victims and help them take legal action against reckless drivers. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident with a motor vehicle while crossing the street or walking in their neighborhood, the Brownsville pedestrian accident lawyers at The Benton Law Firm want you to know that you are not alone and you have options. To talk about your case and your rights, contact us today at (956) 230-6390 and schedule a free consultation.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
When a motorist ignores crosswalks or speeds through neighborhoods and school zones, the consequences can be dire. Pedestrian accidents can result in serious injuries that may leave you disfigured or disabled, requiring extensive medical attention and rehabilitation for weeks or months after your accident. During this time it’s imperative that you focus on yourself and your own recovery, not the stresses or intricate processes of filing a personal injury claim against a reckless motorist. Attorneys don’t just ensure you file your paperwork on time. They use their experience, resources, and knowledge to recreate the accident, talk to witnesses and experts, and aggressively pursue financial compensation so you can worry about your own well-being. Personal injury law can be incredibly complex and frustrating to handle on your own, especially if you don’t have any legal education or background, and especially if you’re simultaneously trying to recover from an injury.
Why Choose Us?
Picking a personal injury law firm to handle your case is a major decision. The lawyers you choose will become an important part of your life for months to come. That’s why it’s so important you hire a firm you can trust and that will dedicate every possible resource to building your case. At The Benton Law Firm, we’ve developed a reputation in the legal community as well as the Brownsville community as a firm that gets results and that treats our clients with the care and respect they deserve. We approach every interaction with victims and their families with the respect and sensitivity they deserve, communicating with you every step of the way. We value every person who calls or walks through our door not only as clients but as our neighbors and fellow community members. We have won millions for our clients and are ready to do the same for you.
Cases We Handle
At The Benton Law Firm, we have decades of experience representing pedestrian accident victims in the Brownsville and surrounding areas. Contact us today if you’ve been involved in any of the following accidents:
- Crosswalk Accidents
- Jaywalking Accidents
- Backed Over Accidents
- Neighborhood Street Accidents
- School Zone/Bus Unloading Accidents
These types of accidents can be especially horrible near schools when drivers fail to observe school zone speed limits or attempt to illegally pass a school bus when it has stopped to let kids out. Injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents can range in severity, but victims are at an increased risk of more serious and life-changing injuries that can affect their quality of life, ability to earn a living, and ability to reach their full potential. Some of the most common types of injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Back and neck injuries
- Amputation injuries
- Crush injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Scars and lacerations
- Disfigurement from burns or cuts
- Emotional trauma
Fortunately, with the help of a pedestrian accident attorney, you can recover compensation for these injuries, as well as other consequences from your accident like property damage and lost wages.
When Do Pedestrians Have the Right-Of-Way?
While there are cases where pedestrians are at fault for an accident by jaywalking, not walking on the sidewalk, or crossing the street when they don’t have the right-of-way, there are many instances where careless drivers break the law and put pedestrians’ lives at risk. In Texas, pedestrians have the legal right-of-way in the following scenarios:
- Crossing the street when the control signals say “walk” or display the symbol of a person walking
- Crossing the street in a crosswalk where there is no signal, or it isn’t operational
- Passing on the sidewalk
- Walking on the part of the roadway on which the vehicle is driving toward the pedestrian and close enough to the sidewalk to not present a danger
Drivers are also expected to do everything possible to avoid an accident with a pedestrian, from honking their horn to slowing down or even stopping if a pedestrian is in the roadway. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident and you are unsure who is at fault, contact The Benton Law Firm right away. In a risk-free consultation, you can discuss the particulars of your accident and determine whether a lawsuit is right for you.
Contact Us Today
Don’t wait any longer to take legal action against the negligent motorist who caused your accident. As medical bills pile up or months go by without a full paycheck, the stresses of paying for expenses related to your accident can infiltrate every area of your life. Fortunately, the Brownsville personal injury lawyers at The Benton Law Firm are here to help. To schedule a free consultation and take the first step in recovering financial compensation, contact us today by calling (956) 230-6390 or by filling out an online form.