Pedestrian Accidents

Jun 9

Walking While Texting and Other Cell Phone Related Injuries Are on the Rise, Especially for the Young

Texting While Driving in Texas

Over the past two decades, emergency room visits due to smartphone-related injuries have risen dramatically, according to a study cited by CNN. The vast majority of victims were individuals in their teens and 20s. Distracted driving, walking, and texting accidents…

Oct 26

Cyclists and Pedestrians Beware: Why Deaths Shot Up, Even as Car Safety Improves for Drivers

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Bicycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents

Rate of fatal car accidents

Improvements in vehicle and traffic safety have resulted in a significant decrease in motorist fatalities over the past five decades. Almost 55,000 Americans were killed in traffic accidents yearly in the early 1970s. The United States recorded a decline in…

Sep 9

Pedestrian Fatality Rates in Dallas County Outpace National Average

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Pedestrian Accidents, Personal Injury Lawyer

Pedestrian accident

The number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents increased by 35 percent between 2008 and 2017, according to a recent D Magazine story on an alarming report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) concerning pedestrian accidents. The situation is…

Jun 13

2018 Texas Pedestrian Traffic Accident Statistics

2018 Texas Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston serving law firm, Tate Law Offices, is proud to be able to share valuable statistics regarding the rising problem of pedestrian accidents. Increased Pedestrian Accidents in Texas Since the year 2010, pedestrian-traffic fatalities have…

May 30

Dangers of Distracted Walking

Pedestrian sign

Distracted walking has become a significant public safety concern in recent years. The problem has become so noticeable that the National Safety Council recently added distracted walking to its injury categories. While the law recognizes that pedestrians have the right…

Apr 18

Why Are Pedestrian Deaths at A 30-Year High?

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Pedestrian Accidents

pedestrian accident at pedestrian crossing

Last year, 6,227 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in the U.S. – the highest number in nearly three decades, according to a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The figure represents a 4% increase over 2017, and…

Jan 21

Who is at Fault in a Jaywalking Accident?

by Tate Law Offices, P.C.Jaywalking, Pedestrian Accidents

Use crosswalk sign

Countless individuals across Texas have jaywalked at some point in their lives in an attempt to streamline their walk to their destination. Often times, the simple, and often perceived innocent, act of jaywalking is relatively harmless, shaving a little time…

Oct 1

Pedestrian Accident Liability in Texas

Use crosswalk sign

Walking the roads in Texas may help preserve the environment and burn a few calories, but it certainly doesn’t come without danger. A factbook published by the Governors Highway Safety Association claims that in 2009 alone there were over 300…

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Featured FAQ

How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.