Drivers are obligated to exercise caution when near pedestrians, such as at intersections and in driveways, parking lots, and garages. When a motorist fails to obey the rules of the road and is instead negligent or reckless, pedestrians are often the ones who suffer the consequences. If you’ve been the victim of a pedestrian accident in Houston, let Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, help you hold the at-fault party accountable. Our Houston pedestrian accident lawyers have decades of experience successfully securing maximum financial compensation for people like you.
When you choose our firm to help with your pedestrian accident claim, you can expect a full-service approach. Our team works to make sure you get medical treatment for your injuries and that you are being taken care of properly. We don’t think of our clients as case numbers, but rather as members of our family.
We also recognize the heavy financial burdens that being injured can place on you. That’s why we offer free case reviews and never make you pay upfront fees for our representation. We only get paid if and when we win compensation for you. Contact us now to get started.
What to Do After a Pedestrian Accident in Houston
To protect your legal rights and interests after your accident, you should take the following steps:
- Seek medical care and treat your injuries. The most important thing you can do after your accident is to seek medical care to identify and treat all of your injuries. Then, follow your treatment plan to ensure maximum recovery. Go to all of your doctor appointments, follow rehabilitation plans, and get the rest and recuperation you need. Doing so will not only protect your health, it will help protect you from assertions by the at-fault party that you’re not as injured as you claim.
- Save a copy of the accident report filed by the police officer who responded to the scene of your accident. The police report may provide crucial evidence for your case. If you do not have a copy of this report, our attorneys can get one for you.
- Keep all the documentation related to your accident in one place. You should save the name, contact information, and insurance information for the at-fault driver. Also, save the names and contact information for any witnesses. If you took any photos or videos of the scene or your injuries, hold on to those. Save any medical bills, receipts, pay stubs, insurance company letters, and anything else that may help support your case.
- Track the pain and distress you feel daily in a pain journal. Doing so will help provide evidence of the pain and suffering you’ve endured as a result of your injuries.
- Avoid posting any updates on social media. The insurance company or defense team of the at-fault party may try to use that information to refute your claim that you’re seriously injured or have suffered as a result of your injuries.
Most importantly, you should contact Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, to talk to our Houston pedestrian accident lawyers in a free case review.
Demanding Compensation for Your Pedestrian Accident Injuries
A pedestrian accident can leave you with significant and long-lasting injuries and disabilities. As a result, you may be entitled to compensation from the driver at fault for the accident. This may include payment for:
- Expenses for medical treatment, such as hospital bills, physical therapy, prescriptions, mobility, and medical equipment, or other out-of-pocket expenses
- Costs of long-term care if you are left with disabilities after the accident
- Lost wages and income from missed work while recovering after the accident
- Loss of earning capacity, if injuries or disabilities prevent you from returning to full duty after the accident
- Lost quality of life due to physical difficulties and limitations caused by injuries or disabilities
- Pain and suffering
Time Limit for Filing a Pedestrian Accident Lawsuit in Texas
If you choose to file a lawsuit to pursue financial compensation after being injured in a pedestrian accident, Texas’s statute of limitations typically requires you to file within two years of the date of the accident. This two-year limitations period can change under very limited circumstances, such as if a pedestrian accident victim is younger than 18, the accident involves a hit-and-run where it takes more time to identify the responsible driver, or if the at-fault driver leaves the state during the limitations period.
No matter the circumstances of your case, it is best to speak with a knowledgeable pedestrian accident lawyer in Houston as soon as possible. If you wait too long to file your lawsuit, you run the risk of the statute of limitations expiring on your claim. As a result, you could lose your right to seek compensation in court from the party at fault for the accident.