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Midland Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Whether you’re enjoying a day outside or need to run errands, walking can be more convenient and easier than trying to navigate the traffic and congestion downtown. As a pedestrian, you’re well aware of how reckless some drivers can be—but what happens if those negligent actions result in you getting hit by a car? If you find yourself the victim of a crash, you need legal representation from our Midland pedestrian accident lawyers.

Unfortunately, collisions happen all over Texas. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 5,684 crashes involving foot traffic in 2018. Of that total, 5,103 resulted in varying degrees of injuries and nearly 700 people were killed.

The majority of these accidents are the result of distracted or reckless driving. When the driver causes the crash, the victim has the right to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for their losses. Proving fault can be challenging. It’s likely the driver will try to blame the person they hit for the accident. Working with experienced attorneys from Buckingham & Vega Law Firm is the best way to maximize the likelihood of receiving full and fair compensation.

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Explore How We Have Helped Our Clients
  • $73.21 Million Verdict Birth Injury

    The Buckingham & Vega legal team secured a $73.21 million verdict on behalf of a baby who was catastrophically injured due to the negligence of their doctor and medical team.

  • Record-Setting $72 Million Verdict Birth Injury

    The Buckingham & Vega team obtained a $72 Million verdict in a birth injury case when an OB/ GYN failed to properly monitor the mom during pregnancy.

  • $16 Million Truck Accident

    Buckingham & Vega obtained a $16 million settlement in a truck accident case. The truck driver was speeding and inattentive (texting) and crashed into the rear of a pickup truck stopped at a stoplight.

  • $14 Million Dram Shop Liability

    Our team obtained a $14 million dram shop verdict on behalf of a client who was injured due to negligence.

  • 13 Million Truck Accident

    Our team secured a 13 million settlement in a truck accident case. An eighteen-wheeler made an unsafe turn in front of a car driven by a grandmother and her family. The grandmother was killed and the family suffered severe injuries.

  • 13 Million Work Injury

    Buckingham & Vega represented an oilfield worker who was killed when their company failed to properly train its employees on how to safely move waste bins. Our client was killed when he became trapped between two bins.

A Pedestrian’s Rights in Texas

It’s important to know your legal rights and obligations when it comes to sharing the road with vehicles and cyclists. The right-of-way laws for pedestrians are established at the state level. Under Texas law, vehicles are required to yield to people using crosswalks, marked or unmarked, when they’re in the same half of the roadway. They also have the right-of-way in the following situations:

  • The light facing the person walking is green
  • The light control signal says “walk”
  • They are halfway through a crosswalk without a signal
  • They are walking along the side of a road that doesn’t have a sidewalk
  • They are crossing an alley, driveway, or building entrance

According to §552.005 (b) of the Texas Transportation Code, walkers can cross at an intersection when both adjacent intersections are equipped with control signals. However, they can also cross the street at any point between intersections if at least one of the two adjacent intersections is not controlled by a signal. In Texas this is not considered jaywalking.

What to Do If You’re Hit by a Car

There are drivers who choose to ignore the laws discussed above. Being struck by a car is a traumatizing event. It can seem impossible to decide what to do after the crash, but there are steps you can take to improve your chances of making a full recovery—physically, emotionally, and financially.

Immediately following an accident, do what you can to breathe and control your emotions. Evaluate yourself for injuries and call 911 right away. You may feel physically fine, but adrenaline can significantly reduce the pain level you experience. The sooner you give a statement to police and are treated by medical professionals, the better.

The driver should stay at the scene of the accident. Collect contact information from them, as you’ll need that information to file a claim. If the driver takes off and commits a hit-and-run, aim to take a photo or mental note of their vehicle and license plate. Even a partial plate can help police identify the driver.

Once you’ve given your official statement to the police and you’ve been evaluated and treated for injuries, you can get in touch with a pedestrian accident lawyer in Midland so you can start your insurance claim and move toward receiving the compensation you need to recover.

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Pedestrian Accidents and Catastrophic Injuries

While it’s not uncommon to get injured as a passenger or driver in a car accident, it’s less likely than those on foot getting hurt because of the protection offered by the vehicle. Pedestrians don’t have built-in airbags or seatbelts to protect them. Because of this, the injuries they sustain after being hit by a car have the potential to be catastrophic. This means that the injuries affect their ability to be gainfully employed.

Common catastrophic injuries include spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries, multiple bone fractures, amputations, and internal organ damage. With any of those injuries, there’s the possibility of surgery. Physical therapy is likely to follow. If someone loses a limb, they’ll need to relearn how to complete everyday tasks and learn how to use a prosthetic device, if they choose to get one.

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