Who pays for damages?
The ultimate issue in Texas pedestrian accidents is who is going to compensate the injured person or his family if he has passed away.
There are these sources of recovery that can be pursued:
- The at-fault driver will hopefully have sufficient liability insurance coverage to pay for damages. But in a wrongful death situation, this cannot happen, especially if the standard policy limit of $30,000 per person for bodily injury damages was purchased by the driver.
- The family for the decedent or an injured person can recover money from underinsured motorists benefits coverage he purchased, file on health insurance, claim personal injury protection, medical payments benefits, and other coverage.
- If the driver hit and ran, uninsured motorist and the Texas Crime Victims Fund can make restitution.
- The commercial truck’s owner can be involved because it is responsible for its driver’s negligence, hiring practices, training, supervision, and maintenance of the vehicle. A much larger insurance policy can be pursued.
- The financial resources of responsible businesses and high net worth individuals can sometimes be part of a financial recovery.
A lawsuit is often required for personal injuries and always should be considered if a wrongful death is involved.
If someone has unfortunately died, the family can learn more about how to proceed here.
Also, several hundred posts about wrongful death are here.
What is the Texas law on right-of-way?
The Texas Transportation Code in Section 522 describes the responsibilities of the pedestrian and driver but the statutes are sometimes conflicting.
–When there is a traffic light, the walker has to wait for the green light and any Walk signal. And if there is a green turn arrow or a yellow light, he must wait for the solid green one.
— The pedestrian must yield to the driver but it can be difficult for him to cross a busy road without a signal.
— The driver is required to exercise “due care” which is not defined. And he must sound his horn, but is not required to brake.
— Many cities have their own “jay walking” ordinances that contradict Texas law.
— The law is always changing. The Texas Supreme Court recently issued a decision arising out of the death of a woman crossing the street in downtown Fort Worth when she was struck by a city bus that we analyzed here.
Does your law firm handle pedestrian cases?
We have successfully handled cases for many people including the following:
- Girl who was hit crossing the street in Galveston,
- Grandfather and granddaughter struck in broad daylight in the crosswalk leaving Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth,
- Man leaving a restaurant in San Antonio,
- Woman standing on the curb in downtown Fort Worth,
- Woman crossing the street in Arlington,
- Woman in front of a Fort Worth restaurant hit as she was helping her daughter sell Girl Scout Cookies,
- Man walking on the shoulder of a road in Fort Worth,
- Man hit by pickup truck as he was jogging in Arlington on the shoulder,
- Girl hit by pickup as she was crossing the road to get on her school bus in Azle,
- Woman knocked down in a parking lot in Fort Worth,
- Man in wheelchair in a Weatherford crosswalk,
- Mother and daughter crossing the road in a Fort Worth crosswalk,
- Man walking across a WalMart parking lot in Burleson,
- Man crossing the road in Fort Worth,
- Woman in wheelchair in Fort Worth crosswalk,
- Man crossing the street in Arlington,
- Girl crossing the street in Fort Worth,
- Woman on sidewalk crossing a private drive exit in Fort Worth,
- Young woman run over in a parking lot in Dallas,
- Girl standing with her bicycle on a traffic island in Fort Worth, and
- Teen aged male crossing the road in Fort Worth
Just a few weeks ago we successfully finalized the claim of a young man who was hit by a woman driving a Jeep in Fort Worth last year. He was walking home on the service road of Interstate 20 when he crossed an intersection of a side street. There was no crosswalk and right-of-way was disputed.
We are always delighted when our clients are pleased with their results. He wrote this generous review on Google:
***** I came to Mr. Berenson’s firm after a woman hit me with her car and ran my foot over while not paying attention to the road. He took a very frustrating and painful situation and walked me through the process step by step. He got me the medical attention I needed, took very good care of me while we negotiated with the insurance company, and got me the best settlement I could have gotten. He went above and beyond for me in ways that, truly, went far beyond his job responsibilities. If you need an injury attorney, don’t waste your time, call Mr. Berenson first. Not to mention, some of the kindest, and most helpful staff I’ve ever had the pleasure of doing business with. Five stars from me for the attorney and his staff, will recommend all of my friends and family to them in the future.
My law firm can help
I work even harder on these cases because I bicycle on our roads and used to run on them trying to stay fit as I get older. So I am all too aware how dangerous it is out there for anyone walking, running or cycling.
What may seem like a case of clear-cut negligence and damages is often contested by the driver’s insurance company.
That is why someone who is injured in a motor vehicle accident should contact a good personal injury attorney.