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When Negligence Harms Pedestrians, Our Team Demands Answers

Whenever you're in a situation where you're on foot and are near motor vehicles, you're a pedestrian. This happens when you're walking on the sidewalk, crossing the street, and even going for your morning run. Every time, you're at the mercy of every motorist in the area. It only takes a split second for a driver to do something that puts you at risk: reading a text message, not checking before reversing, or speeding around a corner.

Arnold & Itkin is here to help if you were seriously injured or have lost someone you love in a pedestrian accident in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We take on cases of this kind throughout the state and nation, and we do so with the level of commitment and professionalism that secures unmatched, life-changing results for our clients.

To find out more about the ways we can help you, call (888) 493-1629.

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Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen?

Often, pedestrian accidents happen because of inadequate infrastructure. While the design of Dallas-area roads is not always conducive for pedestrians, drivers are still legally obligated to look out for their safety. This makes most accidents that involve a vehicle hitting a pedestrian the fault of drivers. While driver behavior is the leading cause of all traffic accidents—including pedestrian accidents—there are other causes to consider.

The following is a list of potential causes of pedestrian accidents:

  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Running a red light/stop sign
  • Defective pedestrian signals
  • Failing to check before reversing
  • Motor vehicle defects
  • Poorly designed intersections
  • Drugged driving
  • Lack of sidewalk or crosswalk

Some of these are caused by driver negligence or wrongdoing. Still, others are due to negligent manufacturers or the companies responsible for designing and maintaining our city's roadways. Our Dallas pedestrian injury attorneys carefully investigate every case to ensure all contributing factors are brought to light.

2022: The Highest Number of Pedestrian Deaths in 40 Years

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reported that in 2022, nationwide pedestrian fatalities reached their highest point since 1981. More than 7,500 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic accidents in the U.S., which meant an average of 20 people died each day from a vehicle striking them. Texas accounts for a considerable percentage of those high numbers, with the state reporting 828 fatal pedestrian accidents that same year.

As a pedestrian in the Dallas area, you can take the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Follow traffic laws as they apply to pedestrians.
  • Always use sidewalks when they're available.
  • If there's no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far to the right as possible.
  • Cross at crosswalks or intersections, looking for cars in all directions.
  • Watch for cars backing out of driveways or parking spaces.
  • Avoid alcohol, drugs, and even texting or using your phone while walking.
  • Never assume that a driver sees you or will yield the right of way.

Can Pedestrians Be Faulted for Accidents?

In certain instances yes, pedestrians can share some of the liability for an accident. With states like Texas that use modified comparative negligence, this means that any fault for the accident can reduce the amount of compensation that an victim can recover. In fact, if someone, even a pedestrian, is considered more than 50% at fault for the accident, then they cannot recover compensation from insurance.

How can a pedestrian share fault for an accident? If a pedestrian failed to yield the right of way, or crossed an intersection in spite of a red, yellow, or “Don't Walk” light, for example, then a pedestrian might be assigned some of the blame for the accident. However, even if a pedestrian does share some fault for the accident, they can still recover some compensation in many cases. Don't let the insurance company tell you otherwise. Talk to a lawyer about your case as soon as possible in order to protect your right to financial recovery.

Call Our Pedestrian Accident Attorneys for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been in a pedestrian accident, then you can find the legal support and representation you need at Arnold & Itkin. Our Dallas lawyers are here to take care of insurance claims and any other legal issues you're facing so that you can focus on moving forward, while we make sure you get the compensation you need. If you hire us, we charge nothing upfront, and we don't get paid unless you do.

Don't hesitate to request a free, no-obligation case review with one of our pedestrian accident lawyers: (888) 493-1629.

Common Questions

  • What Are the Main Causes of Pedestrian Accidents?

    Distraction and alcohol use are two of the leading causes of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. According to NHTSA statistics, nearly half of all fatal pedestrian accidents involved alcohol — either on the part of the pedestrian or the driver. Distraction may include any behavior that takes a driver's attention from the road, such as texting, eating, drinking, adjusting the radio or a navigation system, or even shaving or applying makeup. It only takes a moment of inattention to cause a serious accident involving a pedestrian.

  • If It Was an "Accident," Who's Responsible for Hitting a Pedestrian?

    Even "accidents" have specific causes. An investigation into the circumstances leading up to a pedestrian accident will reveal exactly what caused it in the first place, and it will reveal who is responsible. This may be a driver who was looking down at their phone and did not notice a pedestrian in a crosswalk. It may be a truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel, veered off the road, and struck a pedestrian on a sidewalk. It may be a manufacturer that created faulty brakes, preventing a driver from stopping in time to avoid a pedestrian. When our Houston pedestrian accident lawyers take on a case, we work tirelessly to find out what happened and why.

  • Are Pedestrians Ever at Fault?

    In some cases, a pedestrian could be partially responsible for an accident, but this is rare and will depend on the unique circumstances. Motorists must watch for pedestrians everywhere and at all times. They must take extra care when backing up out of a parking space or driveway, where pedestrians are more likely to be present. They must also take extra care at crosswalks and intersections and must yield the right of way to pedestrians at these places. It only takes a moment of carelessness for a driver to strike a pedestrian.

  • What Is My Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?

    Each pedestrian accident case is different, and the value of yours will depend on several factors. The severity of your injuries, medical expenses, the cost of ongoing care, any lost earnings, and the continued impact that your accident will have on your life may all influence what your case is worth. With any pedestrian accident lawsuit, the goal will be to recover a settlement or award that helps you rebuild and move on.

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