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Each year, thousands of pedestrians and bicyclists are injured in traffic-related accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that pedestrian accident injuries occur in the United States every 8 minutes, with fatalities totaling 5,376 in 2015 alone.

When motorists fail to obey the rules of the road and carelessly ignore bicyclists and pedestrians, it is a recipe for disaster. A Pedestrian Accident Lawyer from At The Carlson Law Firm will fight for the victims of bicycle and pedestrian accidents across the state of Texas and throughout the nation. We fight for justice and a full recovery for every case we take on.

Crosswalks and sidewalks are intended to be safe places for pedestrians, including walkers and joggers. Roads are meant to be shared with bike riders, who have every bit as much right to use them as motor vehicles. Unfortunately, negligent drivers frequently fail to observe the rights of bicyclists and pedestrians, leading to serious accidents.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise

Pedestrians and cyclists on the road are not always granted the same courtesy drivers of motor vehicles. This can lead to serious injuries for accident victims. An accident or collision can happen in the blink of an eye, and in today’s exploding technological age, attention behind the wheel is easily diverted.

A common excuse for drivers who hit pedestrians or bicyclists is that they could not see them. That, however, is no excuse for causing you serious injury or killing your loved one. Drivers have a responsibility to share the road with bicyclists and yield to pedestrians.

A wide range of conditions can lead to the injury of pedestrians and bicyclists by motor vehicles, including failure to pay attention to them on the road.

Serious injuries occur when drivers do the following:

  • Blindly back out of driveways or parking areas
  • Disobey traffic signs and signals
  • Drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Speed in residential and common walkway areas
  • Drive dangerously through construction zones
  • Fail to slow down during inclement weather

Frequent Causes of Bicycle Accidents

Almost all accidents involving vehicles and bicyclists are caused by negligent drivers. Nearly half of all bicycle accidents involving a collision with a vehicle occur at intersections. If you’ve been injured, a bicycle accident lawyer can help.

  • Right-of-way violations: The same right-of-way laws that apply to vehicle drivers applies to bike riders. Unfortunately, drivers may be unaware of this and assume their vehicle has the right of way and expect the bicyclist to watch out for the vehicle. This is simply not the case.
  • Incorrect estimation of speed: At an intersection, it is common for vehicle drivers to underestimate the speed of the bicyclist. Where there is a two-way stop, a driver stops, then enters the intersection expecting to make it across before the bicyclist arrives. The bicyclist, who does not have a stop sign, crosses the intersection and either hits or gets hit by the car whose driver underestimated the speed of the bike rider.
  • Left turns: A collision can result when either driver or rider turns left and does not see the other.
  • Right turns: There are several ways accidents happen when cars turn right at intersections. They may cut the cyclist off, turning right in front of the bike rider. Drivers are often unaware that they are legally supposed to pull as far to the right as possible so the bicyclist can pass to the left of the right-turning vehicle.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Pedestrian crashes also account for a number of traffic-related injuries. In fact, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than automobile passengers to be killed in a motor vehicle accident. According to the CDC, in 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured in pedestrian crashes throughout the country – which amounts to a pedestrian accident injury every 8 minutes.

How Dangerous are Vehicle-Bicycle Crashes?

Outside of a helmet, cyclists have no real physical protection in the event of a collision. This exposure can result in severe and sometimes fatal injuries to the cyclist who is hit by an oncoming automobile. Minor injuries can include skin scrapes, bruises and sprained appendages. More severe injuries include broken bones throughout the body, spinal damage or herniated discs, damage to internal organs such as the kidney, spleen and liver, traumatic brain injury, and even death.

Common Injuries Caused by Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists and pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to very serious injuries in collisions with cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and mass transit vehicles. Because of the size and weight of these vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians are no match.

Common injuries include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Spinal cord injury and brain injury resulting from knock-down accidents
  • Badly broken bones and damaged joints (broken hips, crushed knees, fractured ankles)
  • Amputation or loss of function in an arm, leg, foot or hand
  • Severe back or neck injury
  • Spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Wrongful death in fatal bicycle or pedestrian accidents

Child Injuries Caused by a Pedestrian Accident or Bicycle Accident

Injuries to children are handled differently than other personal injury claims, so it is crucial that you consult with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer to make sure your claim is dealt with appropriately—your child has a long life ahead, and you need to make sure all future ramifications of the accident are considered and covered. If a bicycle accident or pedestrian accident caused your child’s death, a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer can pursue a wrongful death action against the driver on your behalf. Strong and compassionate legal guidance can help you to bear such a devastating loss.

Why Do I Need to Hire A Pedestrian Accident Lawyer or Bicycle Accident Lawyer?

Securing legal representation is always a good idea after a pedestrian or bicycle accident so you can understand your legal rights. Our team of bicycle and pedestrian attorneys is knowledgeable in the various traffic laws impacting bike or pedestrian accidents and will bring these laws to bear in obtaining fair compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. Even if the person responsible for your accident accepts full responsibility, dealing with their insurance company can be challenging.

We will help you get proper medical treatment, investigate the accident, and a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer will file a claim against the person who caused your injuries to recover money to pay your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses incurred as a result of the accident, as well as compensation for permanent impairment and pain and suffering.

Our team of experienced and caring attorneys, nurses, investigators and legal assistants will work together to ensure you receive maximum recovery for your injuries and losses.

How a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm Can Help You

If you’re the victim of a pedestrian accident, don’t let another moment pass without an experienced advocate on your side to protect your rights and fight for your recovery. Contact our personal injury attorneys for a free consultation with a Texas pedestrian accident attorney at any of our offices in Austin, San Antonio, Killeen, Waco, Temple, Lubbock, Laredo and Bryan.

We serve accident and injury victims nationwide. Call us today for your free, no-obligation consultation. We have bilingual staff members available to assist our Spanish-speaking clients. Hablamos tu idioma.