Hurt in a Pedestrian Accident?
Our personal injury attorneys fight for the compensation you deserve
People go out walking every day, in Houston and throughout Texas, but it only takes one negligent driver to cause a car accident that leaves pedestrians hurt. Injured pedestrians deserve financial compensation, but it can be a complicated process. Smith & Hassler fight for their rights.
Pedestrians struck by cars or trucks face a high potential for serious injury or even death. Pedestrians have the right of way under most conditions. It is important to remember that both the driver and the pedestrian have a responsibility to be cautious around each other, however.
Pedestrian responsibilities include:
- Walking in crosswalks
- Crossing the street only with the walk signal
- Avoiding interrupting the flow of traffic by darting out into the street
Driver responsibilities include:
- Obeying speed limits
- Using turn signals
- Paying attention to road conditions
- Yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks
When children are pedestrians, the motorist carries a greater responsibility. Children’s actions are usually less predictable than an adult's, making it more important for drivers to be more cautious around children.
I was hit by a car. How much money will I get?
Each injury claim is unique and depends on the specific circumstances of your pedestrian accident. Under most circumstances, pedestrians have the right of way. Both the pedestrian and driver need to be cautious of each other, however.
Because pedestrians have no protection in a crash, their injuries can be serious. They can suffer broken bones and injuries to the head, neck or back. They may need surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy, and medication. Recovery may take months or even longer. Some are left with a permanent disability.
If a negligent driver hit you while you were walking, you deserve financial compensation. This includes compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to your injuries. It includes compensation for lost wages if you missed time from work. We may also seek other compensation for other damages you suffered, such as pain and suffering. Our lawyers will help you determine the value of your claim.
"I was hit by a car called Smith and Hassler and explained all that had happened to me and that I didn't have insurance and I was a pedestrian they handled everything. This was my first experience with having to seek legal help and it was not an unplesant experience. Thanks to Smith and Hassler and my attorney Brian Stansell all my expenses were taken care of. I don't expect to have need of an attorney for something like this in the future but if a family member, friend or myself need help this is where we will come." — Audrey
I was hit by a car. Do I need a lawyer?
A negligent driver may have been speeding, texting, or operating recklessly, but negligent drivers often deny doing anything wrong. Insurance companies will try to limit your compensation because it helps protect their profits.
If you were hit by a car, you have a lot of questions. You may be seriously injured. You may not know what to do. You may not know where to begin. Our experienced legal team can investigate your car accident. We know where to look for evidence of negligence and determine who’s responsible for your accident and your injuries. We build a strong legal case and negotiate with the driver’s insurance company for a settlement that meets your needs. If they won’t negotiate, we’ll be ready to fight for you in court.
Our firm has been helping the injured in Houston and throughout Texas since 1989. We’ve earned a reputation as a successful law firm that gets results. Smith & Hassler was founded with the goal of setting the standard for what a law firm should be. We’ve come a long way but have never stopped fighting for our clients.
Learn more about how we can help you with your pedestrian accident case. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Houston car accident lawyers. We’ll review the details of your accident, go over your legal options and answer any questions that you have.