I’m sorry to hear about your accident. Pedestrians assume they will be safe in crosswalks. Legally, drivers are required to respect crosswalks. When a motor vehicle hits a pedestrian inside a crosswalk, the law is on the pedestrian’s side. Despite of the laws in place protecting pedestrians in crosswalks, thousands of pedestrians are killed each year, and even more are injured.
Under Texas law, pedestrians have the right of way in most circumstances at crosswalks. However, although they are protected, this does not prevent or stop accidents from occurring. When a pedestrian is hit by a car and injured in a crosswalk, the most common recourse for the pedestrian is to file a claim with the driver’s insurance company. The accident victim is entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and other expenses.
Unfortunately, in many cases the driver who caused the accident may have fled the scene and cannot be located. In other cases, the driver may be underinsured or have no insurance at all. In those situations, an experienced automobile accident attorney can help the accident victim pursue claims against their own insurance company for compensation.
If you have been injured in a crosswalk accident in Houston, you should speak with an attorney. Call the Houston automobile accident attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more, or visit our Facebook page to learn more about the firm.