Fatal pedestrian accidents are not uncommon, and have actually been increasing in frequency. In the past year alone, there was an 11 percent spike in pedestrian accident fatalities. While walking is a healthy alternative to many modes of transportation, it does not come without risk. In an age of abundant distractions, both drivers and pedestrians must stay alert. Pedestrian accidents lawyer Roger ‘Rocky’ Walton and his team in Arlington, TX, work on behalf of pedestrian accident victims to ensure they receive fair compensation for their damages.
More often than not, pedestrian accidents occur due to carelessness or recklessness on the part of the driver. Those who consciously disregard the consequences of their dangerous behavior behind the wheel are considered reckless. This includes ignoring traffic lights, failure to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk, and distracted driving such as cell phone use or texting. Speeding also leads to pedestrian injuries and fatalities. When a driver speeds through an intersection well above the legal limit, they leave little or no time to react to a pedestrian crossing an intersection. Drivers sometimes engage in these behaviors because they are intoxicated. Drunk drivers overestimate their abilities and lack the awareness and reflexes necessary to swerve out of the way of danger. They are more likely to take risks, which can often lead to catastrophic injury or death.
Unfortunately, victims are often children, elderly citizens, or teenagers who either cannot get out of the way or do not know how to avoid these dangerous situations.
Pedestrians are especially vulnerable on the road. For one, they do not have much in the way of protection. While drivers are surrounded on all sides by a sturdy steel enclosure designed specifically to reduce their likelihood of death and catastrophic injury, pedestrians have no such armor. Both drivers and pedestrians are subject to distraction and it only takes one distracted party for disaster to strike. Unfortunately, victims are often children, elderly citizens, or teenagers who either cannot get out of the way or do not know how to avoid these dangerous situations. A driver may be found fully or mostly at fault if he or she was under the influence of alcohol, ignored traffic signs, failed to yield, drove well above the speed limit, or engaged in another reckless behavior. Pedestrians may be considered fully or mostly at fault if they were under the influence of alcohol, jaywalking, or walking outside of the crosswalk.
More often than not, drivers are found to be at fault on account of carelessness or recklessness. Having a dependable and successful pedestrian accidents lawyer is therefore vital. The team at the Law Firm of Roger ‘Rocky’ Walton, P.C. will:
Roger ‘Rocky’ Walton is one of less than three percent of Texas attorneys who specialize in personal injury trial law. Therefore, if you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you can put your trust in him and the team at Law Firm of Roger ‘Rocky’ Walton, P.C. To learn more, contact us online or call (817) 429-4299 today.