Pedestrian Accidents in El Paso
Becoming a victim of a pedestrian accident is the last thing we expect when we clip on our dog’s leash for their evening walk or decide to take a nice stroll after leaving a restaurant. At The Law Offices of Rios & Parada, P.L.L.C., our lawyers know how unpredictable accidents can be. You have legal options if you are a victim of a pedestrian accident. If you suffer injuries, you may have a personal injury claim against the parties responsible.
Two Types of Pedestrian Accidents Explained by a Personal Injury Lawyer
The term “pedestrian accident” can refer to either a pedestrian-vehicle accident or non-vehicular pedestrian accident. Keep in mind that a non-vehicular pedestrian accident can also be classified under premises liability. You may be eligible for monetary compensation if you were hurt in either kind of accident.
When you get your driver’s license, you are making the conscious agreement to be a responsible driver. However, not all of us take that responsibility very seriously. The proof lies in the large numbers of car accidents each year. Unfortunately, it is not just other drivers who are potentially at risk when it comes to irresponsible drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), over 5,000 pedestrians die in car related accidents. A pedestrian has no protection from a car. As a result, these kinds of accidents have a higher potential for a fatal outcome, or wrongful death. If the victim survives, they usually suffer moderate to severe injuries that can cause financial burdens. That is why our lawyers are here to help you sort through your legal options.
Non-Vehicular Pedestrian Accident
This area of personal injury is usually referred to as premises liability. Property owners have a duty to maintain their property. That includes warning people of potential dangers on the property. If someone slips and falls on a public sidewalk, the property owner is not at fault. However, if a person slips and falls on a private walkway, the property owner can be at fault. In order to hold the owner responsible, the victim must be able to prove:
- The owner created the condition or was aware of it
- The owner failed to fix the problem
- The condition was there long enough for the owner to know about it and fix it
The Law Offices of Rios & Parada are Here to Help
If you have been a victim of a pedestrian accident, our attorneys are ready to help you with your case. The sooner you call a lawyer to begin your personal injury claim, the sooner we can start working on it. When you take action immediately, your witnesses, evidence and claim are all positively affected. Memories are fresher and the accident site and injuries can be better examined and confirmed. Contact our law offices today if you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident.