When you set out for a walk, whether for exercise, the pleasure of a casual walk, or as a means of getting to a destination, the last thing you expect is to be injured in an accident. In the Austin area, there has been a significant rise in accidents between pedestrians and vehicles.

According to the Pedestrian Safety Campaign created by the Texas Department of Transportation, pedestrian deaths are rising in Texas. In 2020 alone, there were 4,852 Texas accidents that involved pedestrians. Of those, there were 1,211 serious injuries and 731 deaths. That’s a nine percent increase over 2019.

As a pedestrian, you are vulnerable and certainly no match for a car. If you were in an accident while traveling in a car, you would at least have the benefit of a car’s steel structure, along with a motor vehicle’s protective equipment, including seat belts, airbags, and so on. When a motor vehicle crashes into a pedestrian, obviously the damage can be life-changing. And no matter what you do to be safe while walking, you are still at the mercy of distracted drivers.

The Austin pedestrian accident lawyers of Loewy Law Firm understand the devastation that a pedestrian can experience because of a distracted motorist accident. We are here to help. Call us at (512) 280-0800 for a free consultation about the accident. We’ll discuss your available options and help you decide what to do next.

The Top Three Distractions Behind the Wheel

Distracted driving is what happens when your focus is on something other than the task of driving. It is becoming more and more common, and the increasing advances in technology play a part. Distracted driving can be one of three types: visual, manual, or cognitive.

All distracted driving is dangerous. Even though people think they can drive safely while doing something else at the same time, whenever a driver’s focus is not on the road, they are apt to cause an accident.

How Do Distracted Motorists Cause Pedestrian Accidents?

When a driver takes their focus off the road for any amount of time, terrible things can happen. Whether that driver is in a car or on a motorcycle, an impact with a pedestrian is always serious. How does distracted driving cause pedestrian accidents? Here are some examples.

These are just a few examples of possible ways distracted driving can result in injuries to pedestrians. There are many others.

Common Injuries Suffered in Pedestrian-Vehicle Collisions

When a vehicle runs into or even clips a pedestrian, major injuries can occur. Some of these are:

Compensation for a Pedestrian Accident

When a distracted driver’s car strikes a pedestrian, there is always a price to pay. A victim who suffers an injury because of someone else’s reckless and negligent behavior may be eligible to receive compensation for their costs, financial losses, and more, including:

Contact an Austin Pedestrian Accident Attorney

At Loewy Law Firm, we will treat you with compassion and respect. We understand the trauma you have suffered in a pedestrian accident. We can help you to navigate through the process of documenting your losses, creating the strongest case possible, and pursuing appropriate compensation for your injuries and losses.

Contract an Austin pedestrian accident attorney from Loewy Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation. Call us at (512) 280-0800. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and explain the possibilities for your case.