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Houston Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Niles Sneed
If You Were A Pedestrian Hit By A Car, Have Houston's #1 Car Accident Team In Your Corner.
Pedestrians accidents in Houston, Texas have become a major safety concern as victim are stuck by cars here at alarming rates. Houston has not yet been redesigned to be a pedestrian-friendly, which forces our clients to share roads with hundreds of careless or distracted motorists. And unfortunately, motorists in Harris County don't often usually understand pedestrian right-of-way laws and often fail to pay attention to crosswalks, traffic signs, and posted neighborhood speed limits.
If you were hit by a car as a pedestrian, call Houston Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Niles Sneed. Niles has a high rate of success in auto accident cases involving joggers, bicyclists, children, and commuters. Insurance companies has a duty to compensate the victim for damages and losses caused by their insured. We will make sure you receive the benefits you are entitled to under Texas Law.
Ask to speak with Niles Sneed directly by calling (866)434-0014, or fill out our contact form an auto-pedestrian lawyer from The Injury Team with call you now. And remember, there is never a charge for our consultations.
How Niles Sneed and His Team of Award-Winning Car Accident Attorneys Will Help
At Sneed|Mitchell LLP, we protect the rights of pedestrian accident victims and their families harmed by negligent and distracted drivers, and understand the severity of the injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents, including medical costs, long-term care plants, and even needs of emotional support.
Our Houston Car Accident Lawyers focus on your case by never accepting more than 15 personal injury cases at time. Our years of success and ability to secure record-setting outcomes in automotive accidents due to our clients always receiving the attention and prioritization, energy, and resources needed for your greatest outcome.
Call or reach us online now to learn more about we are designed for your success after the auto accident. We will review your case in a free legal consultation and let you know how to avoid any actions that could you chances at an optimal recovery.
How Were You Injured After Being Hit?
Car accidents in Houston, Texas cause clients to suffer serious injuries. The pedestrian accident injuries our firm typically handles includes:
Head & Neck
Back & Spine
Loss of Life
Note: After being involved in a an-auto pedestrian accident it important to obtain medical care within 72 hours of the accident, but if you have not, call us today so that we can help schedule your medical appointment as soon as possible.
Situations That Cause People To Be Hit By Cars
Drivers here in Houston have a responsibility while operating their vehicles that extends not only to other cars, but also to pedestrians. However, drivers often fail to watch out for the most vulnerable people on the road, such as motorcyclists, bicyclists, joggers, and children. Common auto-pedestrian accidents include:
Distracted driving accidents. Distracted driving car accidents include any activities that takes a driver’s attention from the road, including texting while driving, eating, changing the radio, or looking away. According to the NHTSA, in 2018, distractions caused 2,841 fatalities, and within this number were 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers deaths, 400 pedestrians, and 77 cyclists.
Speeding Cars. Speeding is considered reckless and amounts to distracted driving even when the driver is not ticketed after the car accidents. Pedestrians struck by speeding cars in Houston, Texas often suffer severe and catastrophic personal injuries such as internal bleeding, fractures, brain injuries, or lose their lives.
Drunk Driving car Accidents. The CDC provides that 47% of crashes that caused a pedestrian to lose their life were caused by a drunk driver. These situations often include lawsuits against any restaurant or entertainment venue that over-served the driver prior to the accident.
Failing to stop or yield car accidents. Houston drivers often violate red lights, stop signs, and yield signs, or hit pedestrians while rushing through neighborhoods to escape traffic.
Weather conditions. Approximately 20% percent of all pedestrian accidents are weather-related as motorist in Harris County are unskilled at driving in rain, sleet, fog, and debris and end up striking pedestrians.
Left–hand turns car accidents. Improperly performed left-hand turns can often result in pedestrians being hit as the driver's attention is still on the intersection, rather than directly ahead of their car.
Backing–up car accidents. One of the most tragic pedestrian accidents involves motorist backing over children. Due to a child’s height, children struck by cars have a high likelihood of suffering head injuries or concussions.
Commercial truck and 18 Wheeler accidents. Truck and 18 Wheeler accidents in Harris County cause devastating and often fatal injuries to pedestrians. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the most commonly cited contributing factor to tractor-trailer wrecks is speeding, followed by alcohol intoxication (DWI) and illicit drug use.
Window Tint Violations: Use of illegal window tint in causes poor visibility and places commuters, children, and bicyclists in an elevated risk of being hit by cars.
School Bus Accidents: Children are struck by school buses at alarming rates, and these bus-transportation accidents are often occur as kids are riding their bikes and the bus operator is inattentive and engaged in distracted driving.
An additional portion of injuries are related to poor road conditions and designs in Houston, Texas and throughout Harris County. In 2020, a study published by ABC News found that 28.6% of Houston roads are in poor condition, which is worse than the national average of 26.4%.
If a driver’s negligent actions you or a loved one to suffer injuries in the auto accident, you should take immediate steps to protect your legal rights and pursue all compensation you are due. Call Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Niles Sneed for immediate assistance with your claim.
What You Need To Do After Stuck By A Motor Vehicle in Texas
It's natural to feel upset after any kind of personal injury accident, and especially after being hit by a car while on foot. After a pedestrian accident, the following steps can help protect both your health and potential compensation recovery claim against the at-fault driver:
Dial 911 for assistance. If you can, dial 911 for assistance after the auto accident The responding traffic officer will help by creating a report that gather evidence that will aids your auto-pedestrian lawyer in identifying the liable party and their applicable insurance agency.
Try To Remain Still. Movement after being hit by a car can aggravate existing injuries or even cause additional injuries to occur, especially to your neck, back, and shoulders. If possible wait for ambulatory assistance if you feel intense pains or discomfort.
Get Medical Attention. Pedestrian injury victims often suffer internal bruising, spinal injuries, brain injuries, or even internal bleeding, which are all medical conditions often tough for traffic victims to detect. Ask for and obtain care from a Houston hospital or clinic as soon as possible.
Collect Contact Information. If you can, collect all names and contact information of those that may have witnessed the car accident, along with the at-fault driver's information.
Photograph The Scene. Safely take pictures of the road, your injuries, and the offending vehicle before the scene is altered or the car moves.
Get a copy of your accident report. We can secure it for you, or you can contact the law enforcement agency that prepared the report such as the Houston Police Department, or order a copy through TxDot's Crash Report Purchase System.
Do not admit fault. Only tell the police what you know for certain. Do not guess as to what happened or who is at-fault before speaking with a pedestrian lawyer.
Do Not Provide A Recorded Statement. Do not give any statements to any insurance representatives before you secure legal counsel.
Keep a journal. Write down all that you recall from the accident scene and keep track of how your injuries and complications change over time.
Secure Legal Counsel. Seek out the expertise and help of a personal injury law firm accustomed to handling complex pedestrian injury claims.
Following the above guidelines can help reduce fear and anxiety in the aftermath of the auto-pedestrian accident. Our staff is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist you with any questions or concerns.
The Forms of Compensation You Can Recover In A Car Crash Claim
When you're seeking experienced legal representation, turn to Sneed|Mitchell LLP. Our Houston pedestrian accident lawyers are committed to fighting for the rights of pedestrians and securing the maximum amount of compensation within each damage category:
Past and future medical care
Past and future lost wages
Loss of earning capacity
Suffering and loss of enjoyment of life
Loss of consortium with a spouse
Punitive Damage (in certain cases)
Our firm also handles represents families of loves ones killed in pedestrian-automobile accidents. Unfortunately, pedestrians, along with motorcyclists, bicyclists, joggers, and other non-vehicle road users account for a growing share of national roadway fatalities.
According to data compiled by PedBikeInfo and the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), pedestrian fatalities increased by 53 percent from 2009 to 2018, while other traffic deaths increased by only 2 percent.
There are legal restrictions on the time allowed to file an automobile-pedestrian claim with Sneed|Mitchell LLP's Pedestrian Accident Lawyers, so it is important that you meet with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case.
Texas Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are far from rare, especially here in Houston.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2019 there were reported 5,952 pedestrians injured in Texas auto accidents and 2,547 additional accidents that involved bicyclists and cyclists.
In 2019, the 660 Texas pedestrians died as a result of auto-pedestrian accidents.
In 2020, The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reported a 5% increase in the rate of fatalities from 2018 to 2019.
In 2019, Texas, Arizona, California, Georgia, and Florida, accounted for 47% of all pedestrian accident deaths during the first six months of 2019.
In 2018, more than 6,200 pedestrians died following auto accidents in the United States, which exceeded 20% percent of the fatal accidents from the previous year, making 2018 the deadliest for pedestrians in nearly three decades.
In 2018, about 25% of all commercial vehicle accidents involving pedestrians resulted in a death, which is 3 times higher than the death-rate number for pedestrian accidents and all vehicle types as a whole. In this same year, 2,047 of the pedestrian accidents statewide involved drivers who failed to yield right of way to pedestrians.
Assessed in 2019, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that on a national scale, between 2008 and 2017, drivers struck and killed 49,340 people who were walking on streets all across the United States. That’s more than 13 people per day, or one person every hour and 46 minutes.
Pedestrians include not only walkers, but also joggers, skateboarders, and people in wheelchairs. Pedestrians also include individuals on or near a roadway - people crossing the street, for example, or children playing on the sidewalk. If you have been hit by a car, Houston Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Niles Sneed and his team are ready to assist you or your loved one, today.
Never Settle The Bodily Injury Claim Too Early!
The goal of the insurance company is to pay only small portions of valid claims and to settle the pedestrian car accident case as soon as possible. Large insurance companies, whether is it GEICO, State Farm, Progressive, or any other, make billions of dollars settling claims quickly as possible or by convincing the pedestrian that they were at-fault for being in the road.
You never have to face the aftermath of the car or trucking accident alone. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will fight for your best interest and greatest recovery opportunity. At Sneed|Mitchell LLP, we also have prior insurance negotiators on our staff that understand the games carrier play and will fight fire with fire. Contact our offices today for a free, confidential consultation. In the meantime, utilize the following frequently asked questions regarding Houston pedestrian accidents.
What If The Driver That Hit Me Doesn't Have Auto Insurance?
If you were hit by an uninsured driver in Houston, or anywhere throughout Texas, you still have recovery options that include filing a claim with your own insurance company under your underinsured or uninsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage option. Make sure to review your policy carefully and understand what it covers.
The Texas Insurance Code Chapter 1952 contains provides that UM/UIM benefits can apply in the following four car accident situations, which includes pedestrians:
When you are hit by an underinsured driver
Hit-and-run accidents if there is a collision between two or more vehicles
Pedestrian (jogger, commuter, bicycles) accidents where the victim is hit by an underinsured driver
Passengers in vehicles struck by an underinsured driver
In these and other auto accident situations, the victim may be entitled to payments for the cost of medical bills, as well as pain and suffering related to the car crash. If you were injured as pedestrian in Houston anywhere throughout Harris County and the at-fault driver fled the seen or was uninsured, Sneed|Mitchell LLP can step in and force your insurance company to live up to its promises. We know how auto insurers think and the insurance bad faith tactics they engage in to routinely deny claims.
Our experienced Pedestrian Injury Attorneys also know how to present your auto accident case in a way that makes it difficult for major insurance companies to deny. With decades of combined experience we’ve helped accident victims recover the damages they deserve after an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the average case settlement for a pedestrian accident claim in Houston, TX?
In 2019, our law firm secured the at-fault motorist's full insurance policy amount in every pedestrian accident injury case. In Texas, drivers are required by law to carry the minimum limits of $30,000 in liability insurance, but policies range and sometimes provide $50,000, $100,000, $250,000, or may exceed 1 million dollars. Pedestrian accidents normally cause clients to experience severe injuries due to the victims lack of protection from the car bumper, windshield, or concrete, which necessitates our clients receiving the maximum sum allowed under the applicable policy.
How do I prove the motorist was at-fault for hitting me?
Who else might be responsible for my Houston pedestrian accident injuries?
Usually, the motorists is found liable for the damages that occur when they strike pedestrians. However, personal injury lawyers are often able to find other parties contributed or share liability in causing the automobile-pedestrian accident. For example, a local governmental agency could be liable for not providing required cross-walk, or maybe a construction company if they removed a needed a needed traffic sign and fail to replace it.
My child was hit by a car, can your lawyers help?
A loved one died after being hit by a car, can your attorneys help?
If you need to pursue a wrongful death pedestrian lawsuit on behalf of a loved one or family member, Sneed|Mitchell LLP can help. In these situations, the possible “Plaintiff” under Texas Law includes formal or common law spouses, parents and adoptive parents, and children of the victim, whether the child is biological or adopted. In wrongful death claims involving pedestrians, there’s no substitute for experience. Although loss of life claims are complex, our select group of wrongful death accident attorneys recognized in Houston and statewide our litigation results and commitment to advocating for the family of the loved one.
Do I need a lawyer for my Houston pedestrian accident claim?
Yes. Although you are not required to have a lawyer handle a personal injury claim, automobile-pedestrian claims can be particularly difficult. In 80% of our cases, the at-fault driver tells their insurance carrier that the commuter, cyclist, jogger, or child, shouldn't have been in the road and caused their own injuries. A Houston pedestrian accident lawyer is needed to analyze the scene, determine the pedestrian had the right-of-way, and fully advocate for how the accident has impacted your life.
Can your firm help me get medical care for my injuries?
Absolutely. Sneed|Mitchell LLP has a medical care network so our clients can obtain treatment near their home or work, anywhere in Houston, Katy, Sugar land, Galveston, The Woodlands, or beyond. If you don't have health insurance, PIP/Medpay, Medicare, or Medicaid, or do not want to use that option, let us handle it. Through our firm, your attorney will issue a letter of protection (LOP) to medical providers who accept LOPs. This letter promises that the medical provider - orthopedic, neurologist, podiatrist, physical therapist - psychologist - will wait to obtain payment until the case is successfully resolved.
How much does it cost to hire a Houston pedestrian accident attorney?
Our pedestrian accident attorneys understand the burden our clients are experiencing after a personal injury accident, so we don't charge for anything until your case is successful. Our main focus is to handle every aspect of the claim for you, while you focus on healing. Our clients appreciate this. We also have a 99% success rate and are undefeated in the courtroom, so you're pedestrian accident claim is in experienced hands.
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Contact the Houston pedestrian accident attorneys of Sneed|Mitchell LLP today at (866) 434-0014 to speak with Niles Sneed, directly. Niles Sneed is an experienced Houston Pedestrian Accident Lawyer with proven record of success helping victims hit by unsafe or distracted drivers. We also handle all claims on contingency basis, meaning you don’t you don’t pay for our services if we don’t win! You deserve compensation after being hit by a car, have Houston's best fighting for you.
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