Lubbock Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Lubbock, Texas has many beautiful walkways for pedestrians. The Lubbock Arboretum, the Buddy Holly Recreation area, Lubbock Lake Landmark, and Higginbotham Park are all wonderful places to take in Lubbock’s beauty on foot. Walking is one of life’s simple pleasures. Whether you are walking your dog, going for a stroll with a loved one, or simply trying to get from Point A to Point B, walking is its own reward. However, even if you take all the precautions necessary, you can still be the victim of an accident.
Drivers of cars and commercial trucks, as well as motorcyclists, do not just owe a duty to be careful to other drivers. They are also responsible for the safety of those who are walking. This makes a lot of sense. Drivers are in a better position to ensure the safety of pedestrians. Cars move at a faster speed, and they are more likely to surprise a pedestrian by “coming out of nowhere.” Since they move faster, they can also swerve to avoid the pedestrian more successfully than a pedestrian can run or jump out of the way.
What could happen?
The damage done to a pedestrian who is in an accident with a car is likely to be much, much worse than the damage to the driver of the car, or even to the vehicle itself. In fact, when a pedestrian is in an accident with a car, the result is often catastrophic injury. For example, pedestrians who are injured in car accidents routinely suffer from:
Broken bones and injured joints, including broken hips, broken collar bones, shattered knees, broken arms and legs, etc.
Severe neck and back injuries
Paralysis, including paraplegia or quadriplegia as a result of spinal cord injuries
Loss of function of, or amputation of, hands, feet, legs or arms
Scarring and disfigurement
Brain injuries can be particularly tragic. They can occur as a result of what might on its face seem like a “minor” accident. Merely being knocked down and hitting your head can cause life-long problems that make living much more difficult. Brain injuries can cause many problems, including but not limited to:
Loss of vision or hearing
Problems with balance, coordination and motor functioning
Interruptions of sleeping patterns
Issues breathing unassisted
Loss of cognitive abilities, such as problem solving, planning, anticipation and learning
Attention span problems
Changes in emotions, emotional stability, and personality
In the worst cases, a driver can kill a pedestrian causing the pedestrian’s wrongful death.
What should I do if I am hit by a car in Lubbock, Texas?
If you are hit by a car, or if your child, spouse or parent was killed in a car accident, you should contact an attorney immediately. You should also see a doctor. Even if there is a hit and run, there are still important steps that need to be taken and a possibility that you can be compensated, either through a victim’s fund or through your own insurance. Please contact one of Loncar Associates’ skilled and experienced attorneys for a free consultation.