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As the population of Austin grows, drivers must share the roads with more pedestrians each day. In the year 2000, the population of Austin was only 656,562. According to the latest Census Report, the current population is around 790,390. This growth represents an increase of roughly 20%. This rise in population paired with soaring gas prices has lead to more pedestrians walking to and from work, school, or simply as a cheaper travel alternative to driving. Unfortunately, a number of pedestrians are struck by motor vehicles each year. Injuries that pedestrians receive in these accidents are all too often severe and life changing. The compassionate pedestrian accident lawyers at Flores & Lopez, LLP., have a great understanding of these accidents and can assist you in this time.
Injuries and Data
The Texas Department of Transportation reported that, in 2009 alone, there were 347 pedestrian fatalities on the streets statewide. While this number is significantly less than the total number of automobile accidents that take place each year, the injuries that pedestrians incur are significantly more catastrophic. Pedestrians have literally no protection from harm when struck by automobiles. On average, the most common passenger cars weigh in around 3,000 to 5,000lbs. People weigh in much, much less than this and when struck by large cars, even at relatively “low” speeds, the damage they suffer is often incredibly severe. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact an experienced Austin pedestrian accident lawyer at Flores & Lopez, LLP., right away. Our knowledgeable attorneys have the resources needed to make your case a success.
When Accidents Happen
The National Traffic Safety Administration reports that of all the reasons that may cause a vehicle to strike a pedestrian, the most likely is simple driver distraction. A distracted driver can be one talking or texting on a phone, having a conversation with other passengers, flipping through a binder for a CD, or even adjusting the radio. When a driver looks away from the road, or is more involved in a conversation that they are having, accidents can happen. This behavior is often labeled as driver negligence and if found guilty, drivers may be ordered to pay the victims in pedestrian accidents compensation for their pain and suffering. Not limited to standard automobiles, a wide array of vehicles can strike an unsuspecting pedestrian on the streets of Austin, including:
[li]City Buses [/li]
[li]Garbage Trucks [/li]
[li]Mail Truckse [/li]
Injuries that pedestrians may incur can range in severity from cuts and bruises all the way to traumatic brain injuries and paralysis. Due to this, speaking with a seasoned Austin pedestrian accident lawyer at Flores & Lopez, LLP., right away is usually the best recourse for pursuing compensation. Injuries can last a lifetime and our compassionate attorneys are aware of this and will seek a recovery amount to meet your needs as a victim.
After you suffer injury in a pedestrian accident, you need knowledgeable lawyers on your side, each and every step of the way. You’ll want progressive lawyers that aren’t afraid to go to trial and prove your case in court. You’ll want aggressive lawyers who stand by their clients to the very end. Many other firms rely on settling quickly, out of court, for low payouts. The experienced Austin pedestrian accident lawyers at Flores & Lopez, LLP., have 15 years of extensive litigation experience fighting for the justice of our clients. We realize that serious injuries demand serious attention and we are here for you.
Now is the time to evaluate your case and determine a compensation figure for your injury or loss. Contact the professional Austin pedestrian accident lawyers at Flores & Lopez, LLP., for a free no-hassle, no-obligation case review. Our helpful, friendly lawyers are standing by for you and are willing to take your case to court if needed. As always, if we don’t win your case then you won’t pay any fees.