Houston Auto Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Texas Auto Pedestrian Accident Attorney
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 Transportation Safety Administration, there were 5376 pedestrians killed in auto-pedestrian accidents in 2015. Another 129,000 were treated for injuries due to auto-pedestrian accidents. If you have been injured as the result of someone who failed to keep a proper lookout, 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 Roadway Shoulders
Drivers are required to 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. Intoxicated and drowsy drivers pose a substantial risk to pedestrians walking along roadways because of their inability to accurately and timely perceive figures. Those drivers may be subject to liability not only for the injuries they cause but also for punitive damages.
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. 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. Call today: 800-291-0111.