Did you know that 1 in 5 traffic fatalities in Texas is a pedestrian death? Over 800 pedestrians were killed in Texas in 2021, up 15% from the previous year. More than 5,000 traffic accidents last year involved pedestrians and over 40% of those resulted in serious injury or death.
Most pedestrian accidents are preventable and are usually caused by someone’s carelessness or recklessness. If you or someone you love was injured while walking in Dallas, Texas, Carew Garcia Bohuslav Law, PLLC can help.
Our bilingual legal team is compassionate and understanding when listening to your story and supporting you throughout your case. But we are relentless and passionate advocates, and we fight aggressively for the compensation you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and suffering.
Call today for a free consultation with one of our Dallas pedestrian accident lawyers.
In most cases, you’ll have two years from the date of your accident. That’s the statute of limitations in Texas for most personal injury cases. If a loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident, you’ll have two years from their date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
There are many good reasons to call an experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Evidence is easier to collect, witnesses will remember the scene more accurately, and it’s easier to connect your injuries to the accident. Two years goes by fast, so don’t wait.
Dallas is car-dependent and not known for its walkability. Even the most basic measures that can help keep pedestrians safe—sidewalks—aren’t a priority in Dallas. A recent audit found that the city is behind on repainting nearly 1,500 crosswalks. And it doesn’t have a regular system for inspecting and replacing pedestrian traffic signs.
The city has recently embarked on a Vision Zero plan with ambitious goals to improve pedestrian safety and reduce deaths, particularly in high-risk areas like downtown.
Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents are:
Interestingly, the Texas Department of Transportation lists pedestrian failure to follow traffic safety laws as a top cause of pedestrian deaths. While that may technically be true, poor design and lack of infrastructure may leave nowhere for pedestrians to cross the street safely or lawfully.
If someone’s negligence caused you to get injured while walking, you have a right to seek compensatory damages that include both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages reimburse you for costs already incurred or help pay for future costs related to your injuries. Non-economic damages compensate you for the way the accident affected you mentally and emotionally.
To learn more about your legal rights, call our Dallas pedestrian accident attorneys for a free consultation.