Fighting For Injured Bicyclists And Pedestrians
Even with Bluetooth capability available in most vehicles, central Texas drivers are still extremely distracted by their cell phones while driving. Whether it’s reading a text message, scrolling through a social media site, or trying to use the maps application, the cell phone provides a variety of tempting distractions. In fact, the Texas Department of Transportation has found that distracted driving is the leading cause of auto accidents in the state of Texas. It’s no wonder that bicyclists and pedestrians are more vulnerable than ever. The unfortunate truth is that when a car strikes a bicyclist or pedestrian, it can cause significant injuries or even death.
Proving Fault In Pedestrian Accidents
In an accident where a pedestrian is hit by a motor vehicle, there are several parties that may be held liable for the accident; the driver that hit you is not always solely responsible. When unsafe road conditions or broken traffic lights were contributing factors, the city might be held liable. If a reckless driver forced the action of the driver that hit you, they could be held liable. Proving fault requires a careful examination of the accident scene, the collision, and all the involved parties.
I have been helping victims of pedestrian accidents in San Antonio and the surrounding area for more than a decade. I understand the complexities of these claims and know how to get pedestrian accident victims the compensation they deserve. When you come to my office, I will speak with you personally and make sure you understand exactly what is happening.
Helping Cyclists Hurt In Accidents With Motor Vehicles
If you were walking near or on the street and were hit by a motor vehicle, be aware that there are many factors that can affect your case. First, there might be more parties responsible for the accident other than the driver that hit you. When dangerous road conditions or defective traffic signals contribute to the accident, you may be able to allege that the City of San Antonio or another municipal entity is responsible. However, please be aware that in order to make a claim against the city or another municipal entity, you have to act quick or risk being barred from filing a lawsuit against them. No matter the facts, proving fault in a pedestrian accident involves a careful analysis of the conduct of all potential parties.
The second factor that could affect your case is the applicability of local ordinances and Texas Transportation Code statutes which are designed to protect vulnerable pedestrians from motor vehicles. This is a case specific analysis, but be aware that if you were hit by a motor vehicle while walking on or near the street, there may be some statutes and local ordinances already in place that will help you win your case.
Because of the limitations of protective gear, injuries suffered by cyclists in collisions with motor vehicles tend to be severe. We often hear from our clients that insurance companies try to assign blame for the accident onto the bicyclist. Without an attorney on your side, it can be quite a battle to get a fair settlement from the insurance company. I have the experience and knowledge to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact Clayton Walker Morgan Law For A Free Consultation
If you were in an accident with a motor vehicle while riding a bike or as a pedestrian, you may be entitled to compensation. To schedule a free initial consultation, call my office at 210-452-9642 or fill out our online contact form.