Wichita Falls Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
All drivers, whether of a car, truck, or motorcycle, owe a legal duty to ensure the safety of pedestrians. The moral duty owed by those who drive tons of steel at fast speeds to unprotected, relatively slow-moving pedestrians is arguably even higher than the legal duty drivers owe to one another. Automobiles move faster and can more easily turn out of the way to avoid hitting a pedestrian than a pedestrian can jump out of the way of an oncoming car. Further, the pedestrian is much more likely to be surprised by the fast moving car that comes out of nowhere than the driver of a car is going to be by a pedestrian.
What could happen?
It’s a sad fact that no one is more vulnerable to injuries and death from a run in with a motor vehicle than a pedestrian. It is not uncommon for a pedestrian to sustain major injuries or even die when struck by a car or truck and for the vehicle and driver to come out relatively unscathed. It is not unusual for pedestrians involved in an accident with a car or truck to suffer from one or more of the following:
● Brain injury
● Scarring and disfigurement
● Broken bones, including broken hips, broken ankles and wrists, shattered kneecaps, broken arms and legs, etc.
● Neck and back 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 are terrible, brain injuries are particularly tricky and tragic. They can occur even when the accident seemed minor and the symptoms can vary widely and be difficult to diagnose. Examples of symptoms of a brain injury include but are not limited to:
● Changes in personality
● Problems paying attention for extended periods of time
● Loss of vision or hearing
● Coordination and motor skill problems
What should I do if I am hit by a car in Wichita Falls, Texas?
First and foremost, seek medical assistance. Make sure you have loved ones and doctors pay special attention to signs of a brain injury. Next, contact your Wichita Falls, Texas pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as you can. We can help you take the next steps and ensure you are given the treatment and compensation you deserve. Call or email us today to set up a free consultation.