Between 2014 and 2018, over 800 severe pedestrian accidents occurred on San Antonio roadways. As the city of San Antonio continues to grow at a rapid pace, it is easy to see why this is such an important problem that needs to be addressed. Citizens who are simply minding their own business and walking around their hometown are becoming severely injured and incapacitated as a result of motorists who are recklessly harming them.
Because of the potential severity of pedestrian accidents (as well as their increasing frequency), it is important to know a San Antonio pedestrian accident attorney who can represent you in the event of an accident. Serving San Antonio, Houston, and their surrounding areas, the Pusch & Nguyen Law Firm has what it takes to help your pedestrian accident case result in a favorable outcome. If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident in San Antonio and you are trying to recover from your damages, we can help you receive financial compensation for your struggles. Anthony Pusch and Chi-Hung David Nguyen have helped countless Texans receive lucrative settlement amounts for medical expenses, lost wages, pain & suffering, and more. For more information on how we can help, call us today at 201-702-3000 to schedule a free consultation.
A pedestrian accident is simply defined as an accident or collision involving a pedestrian and an automobile, 18-wheeler, or motorcycle. This type of accident commonly occurs in places such as crosswalks and parking lots, or any other area where pedestrian foot accident is high.
There are numerous causes of pedestrian accidents. Below, we’ve outlined some of the most common causes we see when working with clients.
Reckless driving is a serious problem that can end lives. In the United States, reckless driving is defined as operating a vehicle with willful disregard for the safety of others. Reckless drivers may not realize how dangerous their behaviors are, but the truth is that unsafe lane changing, speeding, aggressively passing other vehicles, and other unsafe driving habits can cause a tragedy to occur.
Road rage is another unfortunate cause of many pedestrian accidents. This type of accident cause is not to be confused with reckless driving. While reckless drivers tend to inadvertently injure pedestrians through their own selfish and reckless tendencies, road rage is a term used to describe a driver who chooses to deliberately hurt a pedestrian. Texas drivers are not known for their friendliness, and San Antonio is no exception. Many motorists in this state are quick tempered and easily angered during their daily commutes. Because of this, pedestrian accidents can take place if a driver feels as though they have be obstructed, disrespected, or “cut off” by a pedestrian who is crossing the street or walking to their personal vehicle.
This type of pedestrian accident takes place when a vehicle is in reserve and collides into a pedestrian. The innovation of backup cameras have thankfully helped drivers easily and clearly see any obstructions that may be behind them, but this type of accident still occurs. Back-over accidents can happen anywhere, but they most commonly occur in parking lots.
Driving while distracted continues to be an extreme problem around the world. Defined as any type of driving that takes place while the driver is not entirely focused on the road ahead, many distracted drivers choose to multitask during their commutes. Even though simply adjusting your tie or brushing your hair may seem like small tasks that will not negatively impact your driving skills, it’s important to realize that it only takes a split second for a pedestrian accident to occur. Keeping your eye on the road at all times is a great way to avoid pedestrian accidents.
The driver’s seat is no place for an individual who is intoxicated, inebriated, or under the influence of alcohol. Intoxicated driver’s license holders have the responsibility of using a taxi, rideshare service, or a sober acquaintance for transportation when they are under the influence. Unfortunately, drunk driving still remains as a common cause of pedestrian death. Nearly half of all deadly pedestrian accidents are caused by drunk drivers.
Spinal cord injuries take place when an individual’s seven cervical vertebrae (C1 to C7) or lower vertebrae (T1 to T12 or L1 to L5) are severely damaged by a sudden impact or crash. Common consequences of spinal cord injuries include paraplegia (paralysis of the legs) or quadriplegia (paralysis of the arms and legs), but there are other difficulties you may face depending on the severity of your accident. Many pedestrian accident victims who suffer from spinal cord injuries report symptoms such as gastrointestinal complications, urinary problems, respiratory illness, and even psychological issues such as insomnia and anxiety.
Commonly referred to as TBI, traumatic brain injury is a type of disease that is caused by sudden injury to the brain. In most cases, TBI begins with a sudden bump, hit, or jolt to the head area. When this happens, you may be fortunate enough to only experience minor symptoms that lead to a concussion diagnosis, but many victims experience severe TBI. If you have recently suffered from a pedestrian accident and now you are dealing with symptoms including blurry vision, insomnia, headaches, or dizziness, you may have TBI.
Injuries related to emotional and mental suffering cannot be brushed under the rug. Many pedestrians suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder, an incurable disease. Victims of PTSD typically suffer from unwanted flashbacks, feelings of worthlessness, increased anxiety, and depressive episodes. Pedestrians who have suffered from PTSD as a result of a pedestrian accident may find walking around town to be an extremely distressing event.
There are so many injuries that can take place as a result of a pedestrian accident in San Antonio, and they will all bring along their own unique challenges. However, the vast majority of these injuries will require you to receive immediate medical attention, ongoing treatment, and rehabilitation, all while taking time off from work. Please remember that filing a pedestrian accident claim may be your pathway towards receiving financial compensation for any and all damages you have sustained.
As a pedestrian, you have rights. No Texan should have to be on the receiving end of an auto-pedestrian accident, but if this ever happens, justice must be served. Medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional damages can permanently ruin a life, and if someone has experienced this as a result of an accident, it is time to hire an experienced law firm that is committed to helping citizens maximize their compensation.
Serving the greater Houston and San Antonio areas, Pusch & Nguyen have what it takes to lead your case. With years of experience helping Texans receive millions of dollars in settlements and recovery, we can help you understand your San Antonio pedestrian accident case in greater detail. We will also put together a strong case that represents you will, and if we don’t win, you don’t pay. For more information on how we can help, contact us today at 210-702-3000 to schedule an appointment with a member of our team.