Frisco Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
For some, enjoying a calm, peaceful walk can be a nice way of relaxing after a hard day at work. For others, it is their only mode of transportation. Frisco’s streets have many pieces of safety equipment and traffic laws designed to make pedestrians safer. Still, many people are injured in collisions with cars every day. Even if a person is walking across the street while not in a crosswalk, the driver may still be held responsible for the injury.
The opposite is also true: just because a person is in a crosswalk does not mean they have free reign to cross the road. Frisco pedestrian accident lawyers help people understand the laws concerning pedestrian accidents and pursue appropriate compensation for their injuries. To get started on your claim call and schedule a consultation with the injury lawyers at our firm today. En Español.
Drivers’ Rights vs. Pedestrians’ Rights
All drivers learn in drivers’ school they must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. But rarely is the situation that simple. True, if a person is struck while utilizing a crosswalk, it is most likely the driver’s fault. What if fog is obscuring the road, not giving the driver enough time to come to a stop? Or what if the pedestrian crosses in front of a green light? These questions complicate what might be an otherwise simple case.
At its core, all pedestrian accident cases are examined under the theory of negligence. This means that the driver must be found to have violated a rule of the road, or alternatively, to have behaved in a careless way, to be found at fault. One of the legal concepts that help plaintiffs is called negligence per se. In short, the law states that if a person is violating a law when they are involved in an accident, that accident is assumed to be their fault. Examples of commonly violated laws that can lead to the need for a Frisco pedestrian accident lawyer include:
- Failing to yield at a crosswalk
- Ignoring stop signs
- Violating no turn on red laws
- Making illegal turns
If a police report taken at the scene indicates the driver was in violation of these laws, a plaintiff’s case becomes much simpler.
To prove that the defendant driver was acting carelessly, the case as a whole is examined. The time of day, weather, traffic conditions and even the clothing worn by the injured person are all factors in determining fault.
Investigations at the scene are extremely important in these cases since the injured party and driver can often tell very different versions of what happened. Defendants’ insurance companies will naturally believe their own client over the injured party so unbiased reporting is crucial. A prompt and thorough police investigation is therefore key to any pedestrian accident claim.
The Value of a Frisco Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Even the most straightforward claim may be derailed by conflicting information and competing stories. Therefore, it is imperative to obtain the services of a Frisco pedestrian accident lawyer who understands how to best pursue these claims.
We understand the impact that these injuries will have on a person as well as the difficulties they can face when trying to obtain compensation for their harms.
Only by presenting an airtight argument, backed by the law, can a person have the chance of being properly reimbursed for their medical bills and other damages. Contact our Frisco pedestrian accident attorneys today. Your time to file a claim is limited.