El Paso Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
El Paso is a wonderful city with a rich history. The best way to really soak in this great city is by seeing it on foot, whether you are strolling around downtown at the farmer’s market or seeing the beautiful scenery at the state parks nearby. Going for a walk is one of life’s greatest pleasures, no matter if you are going for a stroll with a friend, walking to dog, going for a run, or just trying to get from one place to the next. In a big city like El Paso, it’s important to be careful of the many cars when you are out for a walk. However, even the most careful pedestrian can be victim to a pedestrian car accident.
The law states that we all owe each other a legal duty to act in a way that keeps other safe. All drivers owe all other drivers that duty, and they also owe a legal duty to pedestrians to drive in a way that ensures pedestrians’ safety. Arguably, motorists have an even higher moral duty to keep pedestrians safe because drivers of cars, motorcycles and trucks are in the best position to make sure that pedestrians do not get hurt. The following are some of the reasons why this is:
● Cars can swerve faster to avoid hitting a pedestrian than a pedestrian can move to avoid an oncoming car
● A slow moving pedestrian is more likely to be surprised by a fast car than vice versa
What could happen if a car hits me?
Pedestrians are highly vulnerable to injury and death if they are involved in a car accident. They are much more vulnerable than those in the vehicles. When an accident happens involving a car and a pedestrian, it is common for the pedestrian to have severe injuries or even die when everyone else involved walks away relatively unhurt. Sometimes the car even suffers only minor damage! The following is a list of commonly suffered injuries of pedestrians involved in a car accident:
● Brain injury
● Broken bones, including broken ankles and wrists, broken collarbones and hips, shattered kneecaps, broken arms and legs, etc.
● Injured muscles and joints
● Neck and back injuries
● Paralysis of some or all of the body
● Loss of function of, or amputation of extremities
● Scarring and disfigurement
There is no such thing as a pleasant injury. However, some are scarier than others. Brain injuries are very scary because they can occur without anyone realizing it and when the accident itself seems minor. In fact, you don’t even have to hit your head to get a brain injury. The force of a car hitting your body is enough to shake your brain and hit the inside of your skull. The symptoms of brain injuries are wide ranging and sometimes do not show up right away. A few of the possible symptoms of a brain injury include:
● Attention problems
● Sleeping too much or not enough
● Personality changes
● Changes in your senses, such as becoming deaf or blind
What do I do if I am hit by a car in El Paso, Texas?
If you are hit by a car, you should seek medical attention immediately. Also make sure that the police are called and any witnesses are interviewed. Then, you should contact a compassionate and experienced El Paso pedestrian accident lawyer like those at Loncar Associates. Contact us today for a free consultation.