If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a pedestrian accident caused by a careless motorist, Trujillo & Sanchez, P.C. is here to help. An Irving pedestrian accident lawyer from our team may be able to pursue compensation on your behalf. We help clients recover money damages for the injuries, costs, and losses they suffered.
You can speak with a team member for free today. We help Irving victims and their families understand their case, legal rights, and options for seeking justice. We are here for you if you were hurt by a careless driver.
Recovering Damages in an Irving Pedestrian Accident
When our attorneys pursue compensation for a client hurt in a pedestrian collision, we generally have two options. This includes:
- An insurance claim based on the at-fault driver’s liability policy followed by negotiating a fair settlement
- A civil lawsuit filed in a Dallas County court and settled through negotiations, a legal judgment, or a jury verdict
Additional options may exist depending on the unique circumstances of the case, such as if the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured. However, these are the two most common ways we seek money damages to cover our clients’ losses and expenses. As a part of this process, we gather documentation of their damages and put a fair settlement value on them. This could require help from experts and using other resources.
When we seek compensation, it could be for damages that include:
- Medical care
- Future care and ongoing support costs
- Lost income and related benefits
- Diminished earning capacity for long-term injuries
- Property damages
- Miscellaneous expenses
- Pain and suffering
Options for Seeking Damages May Be Available After the Death of a Loved One
Families who lost a loved one in an Irving pedestrian crash may be able to recover wrongful death damages by filing an insurance claim or lawsuit, as well.
Our team manages these cases for them and may be able to help you understand your rights and options based on the Texas wrongful death laws.
Building a Case for Compensation After an Irving Pedestrian Accident
When you work with an Irving pedestrian accident lawyer from Trujillo & Sanchez, P.C., you can count on our team to build a strong case to support your claim or lawsuit. This includes proving what happened, showing the at-fault driver acted negligently, and documenting the value of your related expenses and losses. Some common reasons drivers cause pedestrian accident injuries in Dallas County include:
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Failure to yield to a pedestrian in a turn
- Getting too close on the side of a road
- Making a U-turn or other unexpected driving maneuver
- Rolling to a stop
- Running a traffic signal
To hold a driver accountable, we need to show they were negligent and, therefore, liable. This requires us to show the four elements of negligence were present in the Irving crash:
- The driver had a duty of care, often set by traffic laws
- The driver breached this duty of care
- Their action (or inaction) caused the crash
- Our client suffered harm as a result
Insurance Coverage May Pay for Your Injuries
According to the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), all drivers in the state must be able to prove they can cover the costs of a collision if they cause one. This includes hitting a pedestrian or cyclist. The most common way to do this is through an auto liability insurance policy. Texas requires 30/60/25 coverage. This includes:
- $30,000 for bodily injuries per victim hurt
- $60,000 in bodily injury coverage per accident
- $25,000 for property damage per accident
It is important to know that these policies cover victims of the accident, not the policyholder.
In some cases, though, a lawsuit may be necessary. This could occur when:
- There are questions of fault in the case
- The insurer will not offer a fair settlement
- The at-fault party will not accept responsibility
- The deadline is near
- There are other reasons why your attorney believes it may be necessary
We Do Not Hesitate to Sue If We Need To
If you are working with Trujillo & Sanchez, P.C. on your Irving pedestrian injuries case, you can trust that we will not hesitate to sue when it is necessary. We are well known for our willingness to take our cases to trial.
We also represent all clients based on contingency. This means we provide the resources and money to investigate the case and build the claim or lawsuit. We do not charge any upfront fees, and you will only pay us fees if we win compensation for you.
Deadline for Suing in a Personal Injury Case: Two Years
Texas has strict rules for how long injured victims have to sue an at-fault driver. This is generally limited to just two years following the accident and injuries under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003. There is also a two-year time limit on most wrongful death cases.
There are exceptions, but these are not common. Our team can explain if you may meet one of these—but beware, they could reduce how long you have to sue, as well.
While most of our wins occur outside of court, we are not afraid to sue when necessary. We will not settle a case if we do not believe our client is getting an appropriate offer from the insurer. We will not hesitate to take a case to trial when necessary, assuming there is time remaining to do so.
Speak With a Team Member About Your Irving, TX, Accident Injuries
You can discuss your accident and injuries for free with a Trujillo & Sanchez, P.C. team member. We want you to understand your right to seek compensation and the options you have to do so. We are here to answer your questions and explain how our law firm can help. Connect with us today to learn more.