Hit By A Car While Jogging | Texas Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
If you were hit by a car while jogging, our awarded Pedestrian Accident Attorneys are ready to assist you in securing full compensation for the impact of the accident. We can Help.
Texas' layout and weather are factors in its growing and improving running scene. However, as an avid jogger and marathon myself, I understand the frequency in which runners and joggers must still cross busy roads and intersections, leaving a pedestrian’s safety at the mercy of many often unsafe and distracted drivers. Unfortunately, Texas is not yet a commuter friendly state, forcing those jogging and exercisers to share the roads with distracted and negligent motorists in Houston, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and elsewhere.
When a jogger is hit by a speeding vehicle, the injuries can be tragic and often result in high medical treatment costs. extensive recovery periods, lost wages, and additional future impact.
If you were hit by a car while jogging and need a personal injury lawyer anywhere in Texas, our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers can help. There is no substitute for experience. At Sneed|Mitchell LLP, our select group of attorneys specialize in pedestrian accidents and will help you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
Statements made and actions taken in the immediate aftermath of an accident, as well as the subsequent days and weeks, often significantly impact their ability to recover compensation. Any joggers struck by vehicles should take immediate action and:
Seek medical attention - Joggers involved in accidents with motor vehicles should seek medical attention even if they do not believe they are injured. Some injuries are not readily apparent. In addition, seeing a doctor creates an official medical record that will be important for any future legal action.
Record information about the accident - Time dulls memories, making accounts unreliable. Record as much information as possible immediately following your accident. Names, license plate numbers, the number and type of vehicles involved, witness contact information, weather conditions, and the time of day are all important.
Retain legal counsel - Retain an attorney as soon as possible following your accident. Texas personal injury claims are subject to a statute of limitations. Plaintiffs must file their legal claims within two years of the date of their accident.
How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents?
In the United States, 5,977 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles in 2017. That is roughly one death every 88 minutes. About 47,000 pedestrians hit by cars were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries in the same year. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than those in the passenger seat to be killed in a car crash.
How Does Distracted Driving Endanger Joggers in Houston?
Distracted driving is actually the number one cause of jogger-vehicular accidents in Texas. The Department of Transportation has a website devoted solely to tackling driver inattention. A person operating a motor vehicle and distracted by electronic devices cannot safely make the quick reactions necessary to safely operate their vehicles. Joggers and other pedestrians pay the price.
How Can These Auto-Pedestrian Crashes be Prevented?
Under such dangerous conditions, pedestrians in Houston must act defensively and take proactive steps to ensure their safety. Be on the lookout for drivers and make yourself highly visible. You can do this by:
Wearing bright clothing or a safety vest.
Follow traffic laws.
Run in daylight.
Whenever possible, run on greenways or neighborhood streets.
Don’t use electronic devices such as headphones or earbuds
What Common Injuries Do Joggers Suffer When Hit By Motor Vehicles?
Attacks caused by German Shepherds may cause these injuries :
Who Else Can Be Help Liable For My Injuries?
Under the Texas Dram Shop Act, a provision in the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Code, licensed alcohol vendors can be liable for injuries caused by their customer if the vendor sold alcohol to:
A minor under the age of 18
A customer of any age clearly intoxicated enough to pose an obvious threat to their own safety or the safety of others.
In either case, a plaintiff must prove that the driver’s intoxication was a cause of the accident.
Additionally, under Texas law a host over 21 may be held liable for injury caused by a minor under the age of 18 whom they either supplied with alcohol or knowingly allowed to consume alcohol on their property. This is true whether or not the minor was obviously intoxicated. The statute of limitations of two years within the date of the injury also applies to these claims.
Call Our Houston Pedestrian Accident Attorney Today
Our firm aggressively defends the rights of pedestrians including runners, bicyclists and others sharing the road with motorists. Attorney Niles Sneed spent years commuting to work by bicycle in Houston, and runs almost every day—as a result, he’s passionate about helping individuals who have been injured on the road.
If you’ve been hit by a car while jogging in Houston, Katy, Sugarland, or anywhere throughout Harris County, the experienced Personal Injury Lawyers of Sneed|Mitchell LLP will help. If you’ve lost a loved one due to a fatal pedestrian accident, our legal team also assists grieving families pursue wrongful death claims. Let us advocate for you and demand justice. Call us today at (866)434-0014, or fill out our contact form and have an attorney call you immediately.