Pedestrian Accidents Are Common

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 70,000 people were injured by motor vehicles in pedestrian accidents in 2010. Tragically, 4,280 victims were killed in motor vehicle crashes. That’s roughly one pedestrian death every two hours.

Pedestrian accidents are especially common in large urban areas like Houston. People walking on the city’s streets are often not easily visible to motorists, particularly drivers of larger vehicles. Many motorists are also distracted by the use of cellphones to make calls or send text messages. Heavy traffic congestion can also lead drivers to become impatient; they might ignore traffic lights or otherwise put pedestrians at risk.

Even when pedestrians practice basic safety rules, such as always crossing at crosswalks and looking both ways, people who are walking on Houston streets are at serious risk of being struck by a vehicle. Personal injury laws can allow pedestrians who have been hurt to pursue compensation for damages.

How Do I Prove My Case?
Recovering damages following a pedestrian accident typically requires providing a significant amount of evidence. Texas law has particular requirements regarding what documentation is needed and how it should be submitted.

Materials that may be necessary to make a successful case include:

  • Police report. A police report detailing what happened in a car accident can be persuasive toward proving a pedestrian’s claim, particularly if it very clearly labels a motorist as being at fault in an accident.
  • Witness accounts. An eyewitness who was able to see what happened from the vantage point of the street could provide valuable information about a pedestrian accident.
  • Photographs. Photos from the scene, including the intersection where the accident occurred, can also be powerful evidence — especially if a crosswalk was clearly marked.
  • Proof of damages. Victims in pedestrian accidents will typically have to prove that they suffered physical, emotional or financial losses as a direct result of the accident. This proof can come in the form of hospital bills or other medical records. Evidence of lost wages can also be important. Finally, in the tragic instance a family member is killed by a motorist, documentation of funeral costs could factor into a personal injury case.

Find A Legal Advocate Who Will Fight For You
If you or a loved one has been struck by a vehicle while walking, you are likely recovering from potentially serious injuries. You may also be dealing with stacks of medical bills, piles of insurance paperwork and stressful phone calls from agents pressuring you to settle a case. You might feel under-informed and overwhelmed, unsure how to best advocate for your rights.

When you work with a Houston car accident lawyer, you have someone on your side. An attorney can work with an insurance company on your behalf, fighting for fair compensation while keeping your personal injury rights intact. In the event of deciding to file a lawsuit, to recover damages, a lawyer will have investigative resources to prove another party is liable for the damages.

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Texas accident claims motorcyclist’s life

A 40-year-old man from Waco died in an accident involving a motorcycle on April 27. Law enforcement officials said the man was driving his motorcycle east on Lake Shore Drive and came to the intersection at Gholson Road at approximately 1:50 a.m. A Mercury Marquis was traveling west and turned in front of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist crashed into the side of the Marquis and the biker was thrown to the pavement.

Officials believe that there was a passenger in the Mercury when the collision occurred. However, the passenger reportedly fled the scene of the motorcycle accident prior to police arrival. The 40-year-old was taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, but he later died of his injuries shortly after 6 p.m. the same day. The Marquis driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and the current condition of that person is unknown.

The investigation is ongoing, and police say that they have not yet determined the cause of the accident. They also reported that the 40-year-old was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. No information was available about the passenger or whether that person has been found. Sources say that the motorcyclist’s body was sent for an autopsy in Dallas.

Family members of the deceased victim might consider seeking financial compensation for the loss of their loved one. They could do so by consulting with a personal injury attorney who may assist them with filing a wrongful death lawsuit. He or she could examine the details of the case in order to prove negligence. The family may be able to pursue compensation for funeral expenses and lost wages of the decedent.

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Woman charged in connection with fatal crash on Texas interstate

A 26-year-old woman was drunk when she abandoned her crashed vehicle on a westbound lane of Interstate 30, which led to a fatal motorcycle crash, according to the Grand Prairie Police Department. The motorcycle accident took place at about 2:00 a.m. and left a 35-year-old motorcyclist dead, police reported.

Allegedly, the 26-year-old woman was driving westbound on I-30 when she lost control of her vehicle in the vicinity of Belt Line Road and struck the highway’s center barrier. The woman and two passengers from the sedan then left the wrecked car in the left westbound lane of the highway with no lights on to warn approaching motorists of its presence, police said.

The motorcyclist struck the disabled vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. One of the two passengers was reportedly transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries suffered during the collision between the sedan and the center barrier. Police stated that the 26-year-old woman was impaired at the time of the incident, but it was not reported how officers arrived at that conclusion. Police detained the woman and charged her with intoxication manslaughter.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 429 people were killed in motorcycle accidents during the year 2010. Reckless and negligent drivers are often the cause of fatal motorcycle accidents. When that is the case, the victims’ families may be entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the drivers responsible for the incident. Through this type of civil action, victims’ families may receive financial compensation for damages suffered as a result of the fatal accident, including loss of inheritance rights, loss of gifts that the decedent had promised to bestow, loss of income and financial support contributed by the decedent and even loss of companionship.

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Hit By A Drunk Driver

Drinking And Driving: A Deadly Combination
Someone is injured or killed by a drunk driver every 20 minutes in the state of Texas. If you have been struck by an intoxicated motorist, you know the resulting injuries can be devastating. Even more tragic, if you’re mourning the loss of a loved one killed by a drunk driver, you understand that the trauma is unlike any other in life.

Victims who are impacted by a drunk driver typically struggle to deal with an accident, often wondering how such a thing could have happened. After all, public awareness campaigns to stop intoxicated driving have been in place for decades. Everyone is clearly aware that drunk driving causes car accidents, yet too many people — rather than utilize a designated driver or call a cab — choose to get behind the wheel impaired.

How Alcohol Impairs Driving
Under state law, a person whose blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 or higher is considered to be legally intoxicated. This level of alcohol consumption can impair drivers in many ways, all of which can be dangerous on the road.

Alcohol seriously impairs a driver’s ability, creating:

  • Loss of judgment. Mental functioning is impacted by alcohol, potentially leading individuals to experience a loss of reasoning abilities or a failure to recognize the need for caution.
  • Loss of concentration. Consuming alcohol impairs concentration, especially when it comes to performing multiple tasks at the same time. As a result, a driver may struggle to simultaneously keep a proper speed while maintaining appropriate road position. Car accidents involving texting or passenger distractions are also common.
  • Reduced reaction times. Alcohol affects small-muscle control, including functioning of the eyes. Such impairments can hurt depth perception and lead a driver to misjudge distances or demonstrate slower reaction times when traffic hazards occur.
  • Poor motor coordination. Drivers may have difficulty steering or staying in control of a car due to impairments in their large-muscle functioning.
  • Comprehension failure. A person under the influence of alcohol can have difficulty interpreting traffic signals or signs, potentially leading motorists to make unsafe decisions on the road.

While it is commonly understood that legally drunk drivers are often held responsible for auto accidents, many people don’t realize that a motorist can experience driving impairments with a blood alcohol level as low as .02. This means victims of accidents may be able to show that another person is responsible for the accident even if they had only a single drink.

Struck By A Drunk Driver? Get Help.
An accident with an intoxicated driver can result in catastrophic, life-long injuries. You may face the prospect of an extended rehabilitation process, which may or may not allow you to make a full recovery. Mounting medical bills, car repair costs and lost wages might all be hurting your household finances.

While it cannot undo the consequences that result from being hit by an intoxicated driver, filing a civil lawsuit represents one route that can allow you to be compensated for damages. If you decide to pursue justice for you and your family in this way, an experienced attorney can serve as an informed advocate throughout the personal injury process.

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