Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately not uncommon in the San Antonio area, and when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, the outcome is usually very serious. Victims typically require expensive medical treatment and are forced to miss work while they recover. Financial hardships related to a pedestrian accident can quickly become overwhelming.
At KRW Lawyers, our experienced San Antonio pedestrian accident attorneys aggressively pursue justice for people who have been injured by negligent drivers. For a free case evaluation, contact our skilled legal team today.
Here’s how KRW Lawyers will get the compensation you deserve.
- Personalized attention to YOUR case
- Work fast to obtain evidence
- We know how to deal with insurance companies
- Settlement negotiating
- Backed with data and statistics
- Winning in the courtroom
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident
If you suffer injuries in a pedestrian accident, there are certain steps you should take right away to protect your rights and help your physical recovery.
Call 911 immediately. The sooner police and emergency crews are on the scene, the better. Officers will officially document details from the scene in an accident report. They will talk to the at-fault driver and get important information that your lawyer can follow up on later. In addition, emergency medical technicians will be able to begin treatment at the scene, and they will document their observations of your injuries from the very beginning.
Get medical treatment as soon as possible. Even if you do not take an ambulance to the hospital from the scene, you should make sure you get to a medical provider right away. At a minimum, you should call your primary care doctor to be seen as soon as possible. In most cases, you are better off going to the emergency room for care, though. This way you can determine whether there are any serious injuries, plus it will create a record of the injury. You may think you are fine, but in many cases, injuries take several days or even weeks to surface. Injuries like a herniated disc may be masked by inflammation and swollen muscles. You may feel tension or soreness and think it’s nothing, only to much later discover that the injury is irreversible and permanent. The problem is, once you’ve delayed treatment, you may have a very hard time proving your case.
Call an experienced San Antonio pedestrian accident attorney. Once your injuries are stabilized, you or a family member should call and speak to an experienced San Antonio pedestrian accident lawyer. During your initial free consultation, you’ll have a chance to explain what happened and ask important questions about insurance, health care, and your next steps.
Do not talk to insurance adjusters. Almost without fail, the driver’s insurance company will be calling you in a relentless attempt to get a “recorded statement.” They will present this as an opportunity to explain what happened in order to get your bills paid. In truth, the insurance company is trying to get you to say something it can then use to deny compensation. It’s not worth taking a chance. Just get the adjuster’s phone number and have your attorney call them instead.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Pedestrian Accident in Texas?
If you are hit by a car while walking in San Antonio, you have a right to be compensated for your injuries. Typically, the negligent driver and his or her insurance company will be held responsible for the crash.
In other situations, it may be a bit more complicated. For instance, if a driver is working at the time of the collision, his or her employer may be legally responsible for the driver’s negligent actions. Likewise, if the driver is a commercial driver, such as a truck driver, there may be a number of other parties to blame, including the trucking company, cargo loading company, maintenance company, etc. In addition, if a defective auto part or system led to the crash, the manufacturer or distributor of the defective part may be held accountable.
Naturally, insurance companies work very hard to avoid paying, even when the law says they should. With aggressive lawyers working on their behalf, they may try to push all the blame on the pedestrian. This is why you need a respected San Antonio pedestrian accident attorney on your side, fighting for your rights every step of the way.
Types of Compensation Available to Pedestrian Accident Victims
If you’ve suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to significant monetary compensation. Compensation can include things like:
- Reimbursement of medical expenses
- Money to help with future medical care
- Adaptive equipment that may be required for a permanent injury
- Reimbursement of lost income from missing work
- Payment for expected future loss of income
- Compensation for disability or disfigurement
- Money to compensate for pain and suffering
- Compensation for emotional distress and anxiety
After a serious accident due to negligence, you have a right to be made financially whole again. You should not be left with lingering bills or expenses related to the crash. Talk to our San Antonio pedestrian accident attorneys today to get started on your personal injury claim.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in San Antonio, Texas
Pedestrian accidents happen for all sorts of reasons. Here are some examples of negligence that can lead to a serious pedestrian crash:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Texting or talking while driving
- Ignoring traffic control signals
- Not maintaining working brakes
- Not using lights in bad weather or at night
- Racing or reckless driving
- Aggressive driving and road rage
When people get carried away driving in San Antonio traffic, they often lose focus and try to “multitask” or do too many things while driving. This can be deadly. Remember that a pedestrian does not stand a chance against a vehicle, so even a slow-impact collision can result in horrific injuries. Many of these serious pedestrian accidents are crosswalk accidents, which means that drivers strike pedestrians who are lawfully using the marked crosswalks.
Common Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Injuries are commonly very severe in pedestrian crashes. Our pedestrian accident attorneys in San Antonio routinely help clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries. Typical injuries include:
- Herniated discs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Lacerations and bruises
- Broken bones and fractures
- Head traumas
- Crushing injuries
How Our San Antonio Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Can Help
Once you reach out to KRW Lawyers, our team can get started helping you on your journey toward recovery. It all starts with a free case evaluation. Here’s how we do it:
Getting to know you and your injury. Our first step is to carefully get to know you and your unique case. Part of every consultation is devoted to understanding how your injuries are affecting your life.
Investigating the accident. Next, our team will thoroughly inspect the scene and review the evidence. Sometimes we use private investigators, crash reconstruction experts, and forensic professionals who help us to build a solid case against the driver who hit you. All of this is done with the goal of proving your case, in the event it needs to go to trial.
Dealing with insurance representatives. After you’ve been struck by a car, the last thing you need is to deal with aggressive insurance adjusters who are only concerned with limiting or eliminating your financial recovery. Our attorneys can handle all communication with the insurance companies so you don’t have to.
Resolving liens. Beyond the driver’s insurance company, there may be a lot of other parties involved in your case. These include medical providers, medical collections companies, health insurance companies, third-party lien holders, Medicaid or Medicare, and other entities that may have claims against your potential monetary recovery. Our attorneys will negotiate with these parties and work to keep as much of your potential recovery in your pocket as possible.
Settlement or trial. If your case can be settled for a full and fair amount, our attorneys will push to move your settlement forward. If not, we will prepare a persuasive case to present in court. If your case goes to trial, you can rest assured you’ve got an experienced team of litigators on your side.
Contact Our San Antonio Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Now
If you are looking for a pedestrian accident lawyer in San Antonio, look no further than the dedicated team at KRW. Our powerful personal injury law firm has decades of experience under one roof, and our attorneys know exactly what it takes to get insurance companies to pay.
We understand that it can be scary to make such a big decision. This is why we always encourage all clients to take the time to meet and discuss their case. We offer completely free initial consultations, so you have no risk for calling us to talk.
Even if you aren’t quite sure whether you have a case or want to pursue it, we invite you to call us to get more information. We will offer helpful tips and advice and help you understand things like the time limits on filing a lawsuit, who might be held responsible, and even the potential sources of financial recovery in your case.
If you decide to hire our firm, you should know that we will not charge a fee unless we recover compensation in your case. Otherwise, you owe us nothing.
So contact KRW Lawyers today to speak with a knowledgeable car accident attorney about your case in a free and completely confidential initial consultation.