Houston and other Texas cities were designed with motor vehicles, not pedestrians, in mind. As a result, Texas cities are not pedestrian-friendly. Between 2015 and 2019, 3,150 fatalities occurred in pedestrian accidents in Texas. In 2019, 1,317 pedestrians were seriously injured in pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately, most pedestrian accidents are preventable and caused by negligent or reckless drivers.
Contact a Houston Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you or your loved one have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The pedestrian accident attorneys at Ceja Law Firm PLLC help Houston-area residents pursue the justice they deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.
The Benefits of Working With a Pedestrian Accident Attorney
In addition to thoroughly investigating your case, the attorneys at Ceja Law Firm PLLC can help you in several other important ways. We can help you obtain the immediate medical care you need. It’s important that you are evaluated by a medical provider after the accident and that your treatment continues uninterrupted while your case is pending. Receiving treatment and following your doctor’s orders will help you prove that the accident caused your injuries and that your injuries are as severe as you say.
If a negligent driver struck you and caused your injuries, you can pursue compensation from his or her auto insurance company. Insurance companies are notorious for wrongly denying claims or offering settlement amounts that are too low. Our attorneys will also help you negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. We will aggressively seek a settlement amount that provides you the amount of compensation you deserve.
When a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the pedestrian can suffer severe and even fatal injuries. Even small passenger vehicles weigh several thousand pounds and can crush pedestrians at low speeds. Victims of Houston pedestrian accidents can suffer the following types of painful and expensive injuries:
- Bone fractures
- Spinal cord injuries (including partial or complete paralysis)
- Traumatic brain injuries ranging from concussions to more serious injuries
- Internal organ damage
What You Can Recover
Pedestrians frequently require emergency medical treatment, surgery, lengthy hospitalization, and ongoing rehabilitation. They may need to use assistant devices and continue to need around-the-clock care after the accident. Many victims can’t return to work and have difficulty paying their medical bills and providing for their families.
When you work with Ceja Law Firm PLLC, we will work diligently to return you and your family to the financial situation you enjoyed before the accident. Our attorneys will seek the maximum amount of compensation in your case, including compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- The cost of rehabilitation
- The cost of around the clock care
- Lost income and earning capacity
- Permanent disability
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of services
- Emotional distress if a family member witnesses the pedestrian accident
- Other relevant damages
Wrongful Death Cases
Due to the heavy size and weight of motor vehicles, fatalities are far too common in pedestrian accidents. If a pedestrian accident caused the death of your loved one, you might have a right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or company who caused your loved one’s death.
You can recover funeral and burial expenses, compensation for your loved one’s lost family member services, companionship, and society. Nothing can bring your loved one back, but succeeding in a wrongful death lawsuit can give you and your family a sense of justice and help you financially as you adjust to your new normal.
What Is My Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?
If you’ve been seriously injured, you may be wondering how much your case is worth. Every personal injury claim is unique and your recovery will depend on the facts of your accident. In most cases, the more serious the injury, the more valuable the claim will be. For example, a painful injury such as a bone fracture can lead to a higher settlement than an injury that is more difficult to prove, such as whiplash.
Pedestrians who suffer severe outcomes, such as a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury are typically more valuable because the victims will be expected to have long-term or permanent impairments. However, even if you were expected to make a full recovery from your injuries, it’s still worth your time to discuss your case with an attorney. You will be able to recover the cost of your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering in a successful personal injury case.
In order to recover compensation in a pedestrian accident case, you’ll need to prove that the driver who struck you is liable for your injuries due to his or her negligence. Proving negligence requires evidence. As soon as you begin working with our personal injury attorney we will begin collecting photographs, internal files, police reports, witness statements, phone records, and any available video recordings.
When necessary, we will work with experts, such as accident reconstruction specialists. During settlement negotiations, we will continue preparing your case for trial. The stronger the evidence in your case, the greater the likelihood of a successful outcome.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
In most personal injury cases, including pedestrian accident cases, an injured person has up to two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you do not file your lawsuit within this timeframe, you may lose your right to recover compensation.
Reach Out to an Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Have you or your loved ones been injured as a pedestrian? You will benefit from having an experienced attorney on your side. Pedestrian accident cases can be complex. The attorneys at Ceja Law Firm PLLC will carefully investigate your case, advise you of your legal options, and provide you with skilled legal representation. Contact Ceja Law Firm PLLC today to schedule your free initial consultation and learn more about your legal rights.