Austin Auto Pedestrian Accident
Texas, unlike many other states, does not automatically give pedestrians the right of way. This has led to more auto pedestrian accidents and more disputes between the parties as to liability. The pedestrian often is at a disadvantage in such disputes because they are often seriously injured at the scene of the accident and unable to give the investigating officer their side of the story. The personal injury lawyers at Bemis, Roach & Reed regularly assist those who have not only been victimized by being struck as a pedestrian, but who had no voice in the initial investigation of the collision. When the pedestrian is incapacitated following the collision, the driver of the vehicle will often contend that the pedestrian “jumped” out in front of him or entered the crosswalk when the pedestrian had a “Don’t Walk” sign. When the case is witnessed, liability may not be an issue. However, many witnesses just catch the tail end of the collision and notice the “Don’t Walk” sign is flashing. In the absence of a thorough investigation, such an incomplete observation can lead to the erroneous conclusion that the light was flashing “Don’t Walk” at the time the pedestrian stepped off the curb. Also, many pedestrian accidents are not witnessed or the witness fails to identify themselves to an investigating police officer. As the victim is often incapacitated at the scene, the officer usually only hears the story of the driver of the vehicle, who shapes his description to favor his own situation. As a result, it is important for the pedestrian victim of an automobile or truck accident to seek legal aid from a pedestrian accident lawyer early on so as to allow for a complete investigation. A Texas attorney at the law firm of Bemis, Roach & Reed can help pedestrian accident victims recover personal injury damages such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Pedestrian accident cases also often involve serious injuries including orthopedic injuries, traumatic brain injuries, disfigurement, and, in the worst cases, paralysis or death. Children are often the victim in pedestrian cases. Handling a child’s claim requires a different strategy than cases involving an adult, because of the child’s lack of intellectual capacity and the desire to insulate the child from the claim’s process. For more information concerning the unique nature of claims involving children, please go to the following link concerning Injuries to Children.
It is important to have a personal injury lawyer who is able to evaluate and prove all of the damages a client has faced since the accident, along with those damages and injuries the client will have to face for the rest of their life. This is why it is important to select a law firm, such as Bemis, Roach & Reed, that is made up of litigation attorneys who are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Austin personal injury law firm Bemis, Roach & Reed provides legal services to individuals throughout the State of Texas. If you or someone you know has suffered personal injury as a pedestrian victim in a truck or automobile accident, call a pedestrian accident lawyer toll free at (866) 433-4979 or contact us for a free consultation.