Odessa Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Odessa, Texas is a beautiful town filled with little parks. One of the best ways to enjoy the character of the town is by simply going for a walk, whether it’s a casual stroll with your dog or a way to get from one place to the next. But what happens if your innocent daily run or dog walk is abruptly ended when a careless driver hits you with their car, truck or motorcycle? Do you know what you should do next?
All motorcyclists, car drivers, and drivers of large commercial trucks owe what is called a “legal duty” to pedestrians. The legal duty of these drivers is to not act in such a way that risks the safety of pedestrians. If a driver violates his or her legal duty, then there is legal recourse. There is a legal duty owed to pedestrians because cars, trucks and motorcycles are dangerous. They are made of steel and move at fast speeds. Pedestrians are slow and have no protection from this fast-moving steel. Cars can see pedestrians coming and move quickly to avoid hitting them. Pedestrians do not always have that luxury.
What could happen if I am in a pedestrian accident in Odessa?
If you are so unfortunate as to be the victim of a pedestrian accident in Odessa, Texas, then there are many potential injuries you could acquire. In fact, it’s common for pedestrians involved in an accident to sustain major injuries or even die when the driver and passengers of the car that hit the pedestrian have no injuries or only minor injuries. If you are the victim of a pedestrian accident, you might sustain one of the following injuries:
● Brain injury, either minor or severe
● Disfigurement from scarring, tearing, surgery, or other causes
● Broken bones, including broken collarbones, legs, arms, wrists, elbows, hips and others
● Back and neck injuries
● Injured joints
● Loss of function of or amputation of extremities
● Paralysis of some or all of the body as a result of spinal cord injuries
While all of the foregoing injuries are horrific, brain injuries are particularly frightening. Traumatic brain injuries can occur even when the accident seemed minor – even if you got up and walked away feeling fine. You can still suffer from a brain injury even if you did not hit your head. The force of a car hitting you anywhere on your body is often enough force to jar your brain against your skull. Unsurprisingly, this can cause real damage. Some of the symptoms of brain injury are:
● Problems paying attention for extended periods of time
● Changes in personality
● Coordination and motor skill problems
● Loss of vision or hearing
What should I do if I’m hit by a car in Odessa, Texas?
Always seek medical attention – even if you “seem fine.” Pay attention for the symptoms of a brain injury. Document as much as you can about the accident. As soon as possible, contact a Loncar Associates Odessa pedestrian accident lawyer. The sooner you contact us for your free consultation, the sooner we can begin to help you navigate the aftermath of your accident.