Accidents between pedestrians and vehicles happen for a number of different reasons. They can occur when Texas drivers fail to follow the rules of the road and hit pedestrians in crosswalks. They occur when drivers are operating too fast to stop before causing serious collisions with individuals on foot. They can happen when drivers allow distractions to take their attention away from the road and put others in danger due to the drivers’ diverted focus.
What is common to these and many other causes of auto-pedestrian accidents is the presence of negligence in the actions of drivers. Negligence occurs when a person fails to act in accordance with the care expected of a reasonable person; as an example, a driver who chooses to look at their cellphone instead of traffic signs is negligent in the operation of their vehicle since a reasonable person would not engage in such a dangerous practice.
When a negligent driver causes a collision with a pedestrian, that victim may be able to seek the recovery of their damages from them. In addition to proving negligence the victim may have to show that the driver was the cause of their harm and that the victim did suffer losses due to their involvement in the crash.
It may seem like a simple process to plead one’s case for damages after a personal injury event like a pedestrian accident, but getting a case right is important to seeing it through to its most positive outcome. While no legal verdict can be guaranteed victims of pedestrian accidents can choose to work with personal injury attorneys to better understand their rights and to prepare strong legal cases for their claims for damages.