Pedestrian accidents in Collin County, Texas, lead to serious injuries and even death. Pedestrians have no protection from the extreme force of a moving vehicle, so serious injuries such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and blunt force trauma are all common during a pedestrian accident. It is important for victims to know their legal rights following this type of accident.
The Plano pedestrian accident attorneys at the Law Office of Joel M. Vecchio, P.C., represent injured victims who suffer serious bodily injuries. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation, during which we can discuss the facts of your case and how you can file legal claims against any liable parties.
Common Types of Pedestrian Accidents
Some of the most common types of pedestrian accidents involve an unsuspecting pedestrian who is injured by a negligent driver. Some forms of negligence include:
Drunk Driving Accidents
Drivers who operate motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs often veer off the road and make contact with sidewalks and pedestrian thoroughfares. These drivers may also strike pedestrians who are waiting at intersections or moving through crosswalks.
Texting While Driving
Drivers should keep their eyes on the road while driving, and Texas law prohibits texting and other similar activities on a smartphone while driving. Unfortunately, many drivers ignore this safety measure and choose to text their friends and family while operating a motor vehicle. Pedestrians may be struck by a driver who is looking down at his or her mobile phone, as these drivers often never see the pedestrian until after the collision.
Failure to Yield the Right-of-Way
While pedestrians often have the right-of-way in crosswalks and when they have walk signals, drivers often ignore this right-of-way and fail to yield properly. This is especially common when a driver is turning at an intersection and does not stop for pedestrians crossing the street. Drivers should always pay close attention to whether pedestrians have the right-of-way at a given time and, when they do not, they can easily hit a pedestrian who believed they were safe in the crosswalk. Instead, the pedestrian might end up in the hospital with a long road to recovery from serious injuries.
Discuss Your Situation with a Plano Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Pedestrian accidents may cause serious bodily injury and death, leaving victims with extensive medical bills and other losses or a tragic loss in their families. If a driver violated their duty of care and hit a pedestrian, that driver should be responsible for covering all of the losses of injury victims or surviving family members.
If you or a loved one was injured during a pedestrian accident, do not wait any longer to seek legal representation. You do not have an unlimited amount of time to take legal action and file a claim. Contact a Plano pedestrian accident lawyer at the Law Office of Joel M. Vecchio, P.C., to schedule a free consultation. We can assess your rights and help you every step of the way.