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It is a regular day for you, walking down the street and trying to cross a road after you've ascertained that the traffic control signals say that you can.

Suddenly, you hear the screech of tires and a thud. Next, you are lying down in pain. This is how most pedestrian accidents happen and they can be life-changing. What is worse is that an unfeeling and uncaring insurance agent will visit you in the hospital and try to bully you into accepting a nominal lump-sum settlement.

However, professional Houston pedestrian accident lawyers can represent vulnerable accident victims before the insurance companies of the at-fault drivers and fight for their legal rights for financial compensation either through settlement negotiations or by filing personal injury lawsuits.

The experienced attorneys from Calhoun, Meredith, and Sims, PLLC are here to protect your rights and fight for your justice before a judge and jury, if need be.

How Likely Are You to Be Involved in a Pedestrian Accident?

The US Department of Transportation gives a broad definition to the term pedestrian. According to the official document, a pedestrian is “any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting or lying down who is involved in a motor vehicle traffic crash.” Thus, there are many instances in which you may be the victim of a pedestrian accident, as defined by the law, and are entitled to fair compensation.

Unfortunately, statistical data show that pedestrian-motor vehicle accidents happen with a high frequency in the state of Texas, and have very serious consequences.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2018:

  • 5,952 pedestrians were victims of motor vehicle accidents
  • Of these, 660 pedestrians died in vehicle crashes
  • While 1,260 pedestrians suffered from serious injuries

Pedestrians are thus very likely to be pulled into accidents even without any fault of their own, and if you find yourself in such a situation, you should not delay in having professional pedestrian accident attorneys file a personal injury claim on your behalf.

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Injuries Sustained by Victims of Pedestrian Accidents

For each Houston personal injury lawyer from Calhoun, Meredith, and Sims, PLLC, every case represents a tragic life story due to someone's negligence, and we see to it that the at-fault driver is brought to accountability. Pedestrian accidents result in severe to catastrophic injuries, such as:

  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Loss of limbs
  • Severe injuries to internal organs
  • Fractured bones
  • Paralysis

In each of these cases, recovery is long and difficult and results in inflated medical bills. Your personal injury attorney will make sure to get you fair compensation for these expenses, as well as for other economic and non-economic losses that you are entitled to.

The drivers responsible for such accidents either tend to flee the scene or evade the blame, but our personal injury attorneys know how to play hardball so you don't have to worry about a thing..

Types of Compensation You Are Entitled to Receive

The driver at fault for the accident that resulted in your injuries and possible lifelong disability has to cover all the losses recognized by the law.

There are two types of such losses:

Economic Losses

Economic or financial losses refer to any expenses you incur as a result of the pedestrian accident and any due revenues that you cannot generate and collect.

These are:

  • Present and future medical care
  • Lifelong care in case of disability or incapacitation
  • Loss of wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Property damage.

Non-economic Losses

This is usually the portion of compensation that a big insurance company will try to minimize and exclude from your claim. However, getting hit by a car is a traumatic experience for anyone, and you are left both with physical pain and mental suffering..

A Houston pedestrian accident attorney will fight on your behalf and take your case to court if the driver’s automobile insurance company refuses to settle out of court.

What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident

Call an Ambulance

Your safety and wellbeing are most important. Call 9-1-1 or ask someone else to do it for you if you are unable to do so. Please note that it is important to do exactly what the EMT crew tells you, including being taken to hospital. Otherwise, the insurance agency will try to minimize the extent of your injuries and pain, referring to your decision to go against medical advice.

Report the Accident to the Police

Any motor vehicle or bicycle accident resulting in injuries must be reported to the Texas State Police, the Houston Police Department, or any nearby local law enforcement agency.. The authorities will conduct a thorough investigation at the crash scene and prepare a report which will be very useful for the attorney handling your personal injury case.

Contact a Houston Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Since auto pedestrian accidents can take place at any moment, the legal team at Calhoun, Meredith, and Sims, PLLC is available for case evaluations 24/7. After you hire us, we will initiate negotiations with the at-fault driver’s insurance agency. If we cannot obtain a fair settlement for you, we will prepare the case for trial, where we will fight for the maximum compensation as per the law.

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Let the Pedestrian Crash Attorney Handle Your Case

After the initial consultation with you and getting all the information you can give, the personal injury attorney will further solidify your claim by conducting a private investigation of the accident. and then proceed with your claim.

This will involve:

  • Reading the police report
  • Contacting eyewitnesses to get their statements and any photos they took with their mobile phone
  • Determining the party at fault for the accident
  • Contacting the driver’s insurer and filing a claim for compensation on your behalf.

Can You Afford a Houston Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?

The answer to this question is a definite Yes!

At Calhoun, Meredith, and Sims, PLLC we work on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that we only get paid at the end of the case if we successfully obtain fair compensation for you. Thus, you do not have to pay any advance fee or start saving money. Instead, we are paid a percentage of your settlement. This motivates us to fight for your justice and to win the maximum compensation the court can award.

We Don’t Stop until Justice Is Served!

Calhoun, Meredith, and Sims, PLLC puts the client first in everything we do. Our work ethics are surpassed only by the compassion we show for each injured person who relies on us to get justice done.

Our track record allows us to handle with confidence even complex cases and to take on large insurance companies and determine them to pay a fair amount for your pain and suffering.

Call us: 832-737-8477!

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