The Texas Pedestrian Accident Lawyers You Can Trust
When you’ve been hit by a car, contact our law firm
Everyone in Texas has a right to use the roads. And every motorist has a legal responsibility to watch out for pedestrians. But if you’ve been hit by a car, you know firsthand that not every motorist follows the law. The driver who hit you may have been distracted, intoxicated or asleep at the wheel, and now you’re dealing with the aftermath. A Texas pedestrian accident attorney can help.
You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s negligence. If you can’t work, medical bills can pile up. Or you may be struggling with other expenses as a result of your pedestrian accident. Whatever the circumstances, contact the Texas injury lawyers at Tracey & Fox today. We know how to fight for you.
Understanding pedestrians’ legal rights in Texas
Because pedestrians are so vulnerable, Texas law creates several protections for them. Some key Texas laws include:
- Motorists must yield the right of way to pedestrians at any marked crosswalk unless the pedestrian is facing a red light or “don’t walk” signal. Marked crosswalks are usually perpendicular to the roadway but may also extend diagonally across an intersection.
- An unmarked crosswalk exists at any intersection without marked crosswalks, perpendicular to each roadway (not diagonally across the intersection). Pedestrians in unmarked crosswalks have all the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as pedestrians in marked crosswalks.
- Motorists must yield to pedestrians who are approaching traffic from sidewalks that cross driveways, private roads, buildings or alleys.
- If a pedestrian is approaching a car’s lane from the other side, the car must stop and let the pedestrian finish crossing.
- At intersections with traffic lights, pedestrians can only cross with a “walk” signal or when facing a green light.
- Pedestrians must yield the right of way to cars when crossing at any location that is not a marked or unmarked crosswalk, except as otherwise noted above.
It’s common for motorists, pedestrians and witnesses alike to be confused about who has the right of way, particularly at unmarked crosswalks. But motorists also have a responsibility to know the rules of the road. When they break those rules and cause harm to pedestrians, they need to be held accountable.
When insurance companies play games, we get tough
Insurance companies fight hard to deny pedestrian accident claims because they know the injuries sustained are often severe. When a car hits a pedestrian’s unprotected body, serious and even fatal injuries are common. They’ll put their best attorneys and adjusters on the case to deny you the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages and other costs. We know how to even the odds.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with a Texas pedestrian accident attorney you can trust. We have the experience and resources needed to handle these complex claims, and there is no fee unless we recover for you.