Traffic accidents involving pedestrians are not as common as other accidents, but when they occur it is very important for the injured pedestrian to know their Texas rights.
The Rights of an Injured Pedestrian in a Truck Wreck
If you or someone you know were injured in a commercial truck accident as the pedestrian, and the driver was responsible for causing the accident, you have the legal right to pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost salaries and wages as the result of injuries, pain, and suffering. However, just how can you find out if the truck driver was at-fault? Also, how can your compensation be won?
Deciding Who Was At-Fault
In certain occasions, it is very easy to determine who was responsible for causing the accident. For example, if someone was running on a side walk and suddenly a truck went off-road and impacted you, it would obviously be the driver who was to blame for the accident. It is important to remember that other scenarios may not be as clear. To truly determine who was at-fault for a wreck, it is imperative to first understand what the rights of a pedestrian in Texas are. Pedestrians who are in a side walk must obey any signs and ordinances in order to ensure their safety is not placed in harm's way. However, pedestrians almost always have the right of way when crossing a road. When a pedestrian decides to cross the road in a wrong time, then they could be deemed at-fault in the event of an accident, even though drivers have the responsibility of watching out for the safety of themselves and others.
This may sound like both pedestrians and drivers have a duty to maintain safety, and it is because they do. In essence, the responsibility of maintaining safety lies on everyone on the road. If you were hit by a vehicle lacking a walk sign, then it would be a good idea to contact a personal injury lawyer who will look help you for your specific situation. At any location without a crosswalk, vehicles have the right of way. However, if someone was hit in a place with a crosswalk, contacting a personal injury attorney would make even more since, due to the fact that their case will be looked in an individual scope.
Wrecks Involving Pedestrians and Commercial Vehicles Can Be Serious
As a personal injury attorney, I can say that it takes times, knowledge, planning, and effort to win the compensation you rightfully deserve. It is common to see trucks, construction vehicles, and other commercial vehicles throughout the city. Because of their size and operational nature, these types of vehicles can cause greater damage if they are involved in a wreck. Injuries that pedestrians sustain in a car accident can be very serious and can require intense medical treatment, often impacting their lives in the long run. Remember, an injured victim of a pedestrian-truck accident does not have to fight alone. There is compensation available to cover for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more!