Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Arlington, Texas
More and more people have turned to walking as a means of getting around. As the roads in Arlington — and everywhere else for that matter — become busier and busier, walking can be more efficient than driving, on occasion. Busy streets also equate to hazardous walking conditions, however. Pedestrians must be more vigilant than ever when crossing busy intersections. Failing to do so can put you in a perilous situation — one in which you, or your family, could come to regret.
The Arlington pedestrian accident lawyers with Fulgham Hampton Law Group take each case personally. Just like everyone else living and working in the Arlington area, Fulgham Hampton’s pedestrian collision lawyers are pedestrians themselves. They know what it is like to combat heavy traffic while walking. That is why the Arlington pedestrian accident lawyers with Fulgham Hampton advocate zealously for their clients who have been run down by a careless Arlington driver.
What makes walking in Arlington so Dangerous?
There are five primary reasons attributed to motor vehicle operators that make walking in Arlington dangerous. Those reasons are:
- Aggressive driving or road rage,
- Texting while driving or distracted driving,
- Intoxicated operation, and
- Fatigued driving.
A driver whose behavior falls below that which an ordinarily prudent and careful person would otherwise engage is negligent. Indeed, a driver that involves any one of these behaviors or drives while participating in a combination of these factors puts pedestrians in danger of being struck by a car.
Pedestrians must also be aware that Texas law requires them to be careful when walking. Failing to walk carefully, such as not staying in the crosswalk when crossing the street, also known as jaywalking, will jeopardize your claim for damages against the driver who hit you. Pedestrians in Texas who do not cross within the boundaries of a crosswalk must yield the right of way to vehicles. Many people take the lives in their hands by jaywalking. Conversely, motor vehicle operators must grant the right of way to pedestrians crossing in the crosswalks of Arlington.
Auto insurance companies will stop at nothing to find a reason to reduce the value of your claim. So, not only are you safer if you follow a few rules while walking, you are taking viable defenses away from greedy insurance companies. Other safety tips for pedestrians include:
- Always walk on the sidewalk because nearly every pedestrian accident occurs in the roadway,
- If the road has no sidewalk walk on the left as far over as you can facing traffic,
- Do not walk out from in between parked cars or step out in front of a bus or other large vehicle,
- Always cross at intersections, even if there is no crosswalk and remember to look left, right, and then left again before walking, and
- Make eye contact with drivers who are passing you to make sure that they see you before you start to cross the street.
Injuries in Arlington Pedestrian Accidents
Many pedestrians die each year in Texas car accidents. In 2016, 678 walkers lost their lives in Texas. There were over 21% fewer pedestrian deaths in 2015. If your loved one died while walking in Arlington, you could be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the driver and any other party who could be responsible for the tragic death of your loved one.
If you or your family member was fortunate to survive a collision with a motor vehicle, you could receive compensation for:
- Past medical expenses,
- Future medical costs,
- Lost wages and economic advantage,
- Future wage loss and economic opportunities,
- Past and future pain, suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life, and
- Punitive damages, if applicable.
Call Fulgham Hampton Law Group for Additional Information
The Arlington pedestrian accident attorneys with Fulgham Hampton Law Group will stand by your side and vigorously fight for your rights to recover damages for your injuries and losses. Call Fulgham Hampton Law Group today at 817-697-4400 to start your legal claim. Remember that time is limited so you must act now.