Pedestrian Accidents

Tyler Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

There is no hiding the fact that Tyler is a wonderful town. It’s history and beauty are compelling. There is no better way to experience all that Tyler has to offer than to simply go for a walk. You can see the history of Tyler and the surrounding areas by visiting downtown and stopping in the Carnegie History Center.

You can experience the beauty and history of the town, too, by walking along the Tyler Azalea Trails, which wind through old neighborhoods and are lined by beautiful azaleas in the springtime. Of course, one cannot say to have truly experienced Tyler, Texas as a pedestrian without going for a stroll through the famous Tyler, Texas rose gardens. However, what if your innocent stroll or daily run was tragically interrupted by getting hit by a car, truck or motorcycle? Do you know what would happen next?

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
● Death

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
● Depression
● 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 Tyler, 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 Tyler, 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.