McAllen Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian Accidents in Texas
Were you hit by a car while walking? Did your loved one die in a tragic pedestrian accident? At Tijerina Legal Group, P.C., we understand just how devastating these accidents are, which is why we fight tirelessly on behalf of the injured and their families. Since 2008, our McAllen pedestrian accident lawyer, Humberto Tijerina, has dedicated his legal practice to helping severely injured victims recover fair financial compensation, as well as holding negligent individuals and parties accountable for the harm they cause.
If you or someone you love was involved in a pedestrian accident, we can help. Our firm has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients; we have what it takes to guide you through the legal process and advocate for the full, fair recovery you deserve. When you trust your case to our award-winning attorneys, you can trust that we will do everything we can to help you get back on your feet.
Damages in Pedestrian Accident Claims
Unfortunately, because people on foot have essentially no protection against large, heavy, fast-moving vehicles, they are at significant risk of serious bodily injury or death when they are struck by cars, pickup trucks, motorcycles, and other types of motor vehicles. Even in pedestrian accidents involving cyclists, it is the pedestrian who tends to suffer more serious injuries.
Injured pedestrians often face a long, difficult road to recovery. They typically require extensive, ongoing medical treatment, ranging from emergency care to multiple surgeries to rehabilitative therapy. If their injuries are disabling, victims may find themselves unable to return to work temporarily or, in the most severe cases, permanently. All of this puts victims and their families under serious financial stress, not to mention the physical and emotional hardships such injuries often bring.
At Tijerina Legal Group, P.C., we understand the impact of pedestrian accidents, which is why we fight for maximum compensation for our clients.
Depending on your case, we can seek the following damages:
- All medical expenses related to the accident/your injuries
- Future projected medical expenses for reasonable and necessary care
- Lost income/wages and other benefits
- Lost or reduced earning capacity if your injuries are permanently disabling
- Lost future earnings and benefits
- Pain and suffering, including emotional trauma
- Mental health issues related to the accident, such as PTSD, anxiety, or depression
- Counseling services and related treatment
In some cases, it may also be possible to recover punitive damages. These are a type of damage awarded to plaintiffs when the defendant has acted with egregious negligence or willful/wanton disregard for human life. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the defendant for this behavior and send a message that similar conduct will not be tolerated in the future.
Liability in Pedestrian Accident Claims
Because cars and other motor vehicles have the potential to cause such immense damage to people on foot, motorists are responsible for doing everything they can to avoid hitting pedestrians. This means yielding the right-of-way not only when it is legally required but also any time it is possible to do so.
That being said, pedestrians also have a responsibility to follow the law and avoid accidents. Believe it or not, pedestrians do not always have the right-of-way under Texas law.
In fact, state statutes specify that pedestrians are required to yield the right-of-way to motor vehicles in the following circumstances:
- When they have a “do not walk” or “wait” signal at an intersection
- When the pedestrian wishes to cross at an intersection but there is a yellow or red light
- When they wish to cross an intersection where there is no marked crosswalk
- When a pedestrian tries to cross a street when there is a designated overhead walkway or tunnel crossing for pedestrians
Additionally, pedestrians are not permitted to step into a crosswalk and into the path of an oncoming car or motor vehicle when the driver is traveling too quickly or is too close to stop in time. Pedestrians also cannot cross intersections diagonally unless specifically permitted to do so by a traffic control device.
When it comes to determining who is liable for an accident, insurance adjusters and attorneys look at what happened and whether anyone acted negligently or unlawfully. At Tijerina Legal Group, P.C., we investigate the facts to determine if the driver of the motor vehicle was being careless, reckless, or acting outside of the law. Our team often works with accident reconstructionists, expert witnesses, and other specialists in order to construct a clear picture of how the accident happened and, most importantly, who is liable.
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The team at Tijerina Legal Group, P.C. is ready to fight for you and your recovery. We encourage you to reach out to our McAllen pedestrian accident lawyer today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We provide legal services in English and Spanish and offer contingency fees, meaning you do not owe anything unless/until we recover compensation for you.