Texas Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Houston Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Accidents involving automobiles striking pedestrians often result in severe injuries such as spinal injuries, paralysis and even death. According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 5376 pedestrians killed in auto-pedestrian accidents in 2015. Another 129,000 pedestrians hit by cars were treated for injuries during 2015. If you have been injured as the result of someone who failed to keep a proper lookout for pedestrians, you need an auto pedestrian accident lawyer on your side. Call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. for a free no obligation consultation regarding your case.
Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian at a Crosswalk is a Crime
Under Texas Penal Code Section 552.003, pedestrians have right-of-way at crosswalks. Drivers of automobiles are required by law to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk if:
- No traffic control signal is in place or in operation, and
- The pedestrian is:
- On the half of the roadway in which the vehicle is traveling; or
- Approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
Furthermore, it is illegal to pass a vehicle that has stopped for a pedestrian crossing in a crosswalk. Violation of this section of the law resulting in an accident is a misdemeanor under criminal law and may constitute negligence per se for purposes of tort liability for damages. Hiring an experienced auto pedestrian accident lawyer can help you understand these laws further.
Pedestrians Walking Along Roads and on Sidewalks
Drivers must share the road with others. This duty obligates them to maintain a proper lookout for both vehicles driving on the roads and people walking by the road or working along highway shoulders. Vulnerable Road User Ordinances protect pedestrians walking along streets and on sidewalks by requiring operators of automobiles to take specific actions when driving around vulnerable road users such as:
- Vacate the pedestrian’s lane when passing if there is another lane available.
- Yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian walking from the opposite direction when turning the vehicle left or right–even if this is a pedestrian on a sidewalk.
These statutes further prohibit vehicles from:
- Turning across a vulnerable road user’s path after overtaking a pedestrian walking in the same direction.
- Using the car to cause intimidation or harassment to a pedestrian.
- Throwing things at pedestrians.
A Vulnerable Road User Ordinance is a powerful tool in the arsenal of a pedestrian accident lawyer when seeking to hold a driver responsible for striking a pedestrian along the roadway.
Call an Experienced Auto Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a pedestrian accident, you may have legal recourse. Don’t let a car accident wreck your entire life. Call the law office of Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. today for a free consultation. If we take you case, we pay the investigation costs up front and if we cannot make a recovery, you don’t pay those expenses back nor pay any attorneys fee.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.