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Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

in Dallas-Fort Worth

OVER 3,000

CASES WON

OVER 99%

SUCCESS RATE

30+ YEARS

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PROVEN RESULTS

$13.5 MILLION

TOTAL RECOVERED

Car Accident

Fatality

$1.8 MILLION

TOTAL RECOVERED

Truck Accident

Spinal Injury

$9.5 MILLION

TOTAL RECOVERED

Defective Product

Brain Injury

$6.5 MILLION

TOTAL RECOVERED

Workplace Accident

Head Injury

$10.75 MILLION

TOTAL RECOVERED

Motorcycle Wreck

Head Injury

$864,000

TOTAL RECOVERED

Truck Accident

Spinal Injury

Dallas-Fort Worth Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Dallas and many other cities in Texas are far from pedestrian-friendly. Texans tend to drive to their destinations. So, most roads are designed for drivers – not for people traveling by foot. Additionally, Texas drivers are not used to sharing roads with pedestrians or looking out for people crossing the roadway. This explains why, on average, 417 pedestrians die each year in our state after being hit by a vehicle. Many more are seriously injured.

Most of these pedestrian accidents are preventable. They are the fault of careless or reckless drivers who fail to see pedestrians on the roadway or refuse to respect their rights. Victims of these accidents – and their families – deserve justice. That’s where our Dallas-Fort Worth pedestrian accident lawyers can help.

Call or Text Tate Law Offices 24/7 to start exploring your case and get guidances on the steps you should take regarding your injuries: 972-499-4813.

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Pedestrian Accident Laws Texas

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Dallas pedestrian-car accident, you have the right to seek a full and fair recovery for any physical, emotional or financial harm you have suffered. But you should take action as soon as possible.

Tate Law Offices, P.C., is here to help. We have a record of representing pedestrian accident victims and their families in Dallas. Our experienced team of attorneys knows how to protect our clients’ rights and pursue the maximum amount of compensation available to them.

How Our Lawyers Can Help You After a Dallas Pedestrian Accident

In addition to investigating your case, the pedestrian accident attorneys of Tate Law Offices, P.C., can help you by:

01 Assisting you to get the immediate medical attention you need

It is crucial that you get medical care right away after a pedestrian accident and that your treatment goes uninterrupted while your case is pending. We can work with health care providers to help you get the treatment you need throughout your case.

You have enough to handle with your physical recovery. We will handle the insurance companies. We can file all necessary claims with the insurance companies and deal directly with their adjusters and attorneys. Keep in mind: Insurance companies want to protect their profits by paying as little as possible in damages. However, we will be aggressive in seeking a settlement that provides the maximum amount of compensation for you.

It takes evidence to win a case. So, as soon as we are on the job, we start collecting witness statements, police reports and internal files, photographs, phone records and video recordings. We also consult with any necessary experts such as accident reconstruction specialists. Much of our analysis will revolve around Texas right-of-way law regarding pedestrians.

If an insurance company refuses to pay a fair settlement amount, our experienced trial attorneys can take your case to court and present your case to the jury. Fortunately, after we have built up your case, we are able to settle the majority of cases without a trial.

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Why Do Pedestrian Accidents
Happen in Dallas?

The National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC) ranks four Texas metro areas among the 25 most dangerous in the country for pedestrians. The NCSC bases its rankings on the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI), which measures “the relative likelihood in a given area of a person on foot being hit by a vehicle and killed.”

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Why Do Pedestrian Accidents
Happen in Dallas?

Pedestrians In Crosswalk

The National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC) ranks four Texas metro areas among the 25 most dangerous in the country for pedestrians. The NCSC bases its rankings on the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI), which measures “the relative likelihood in a given area of a person on foot being hit by a vehicle and killed.”

The NCSC primarily blames pedestrian accidents on cities and roads being designed for cars, not pedestrians. This is true – to an extent. As the personal injury attorneys of Tate Law Offices, P.C., have seen, driver negligence is a major factor as well. Simply put: No reasonable excuse exists for most pedestrian accidents. Drivers are just not skilled at identifying pedestrians.

What Can You Recover in a Dallas Pedestrian Accident Case?

When a pedestrian is struck by a metal vehicle weighing several thousand pounds – even in a low-speed collision – it can result in severe and even fatal injuries.

Victims of Dallas pedestrian accidents can suffer:

  • Fractures
  • Amputations
  • Spinal cord injuries (including paralysis)
  • Traumatic brain injury (ranging from concussions to more severe TBI)
  • Cuts


A victim may require emergency medical treatment, lengthy hospitalization, extensive rehabilitation and an ongoing need for medication and use of assistive devices. The victim may be unable to return to school or work. Family members may be impacted as well by being forced to provide around-the-clock care.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, our goal will be to return you and your family as close as possible to the condition you enjoyed before the crash.

We will seek the maximum amount of compensation, including payment of:

  • Talking on a cell phone
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost income and lost earning capacity
  • Permanent impairment
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium and loss of services
  • Emotional distress (if a family member witnessed the accident)
  • Other relevant damages.

In some cases, punitive damages may be sought as well – not to make a victim “whole” again but rather to punish a defendant who engaged in grossly negligent or willful misconduct such as drunk driving or other egregious actions.

If a pedestrian accident resulted in the death of a loved one, our lawyers can seek wrongful death and survival damages, including funeral and burial expenses and compensation for the loss of your family member’s services, companionship and society.  

“I was injured in an accident at the end of 2014. I have never been involved in an accident and it was 100% the other drivers fault. I was injured and my back had bleeding around the spine in 2 areas and 6 dislocated ribs, as well as injury to my right hip. I did not know if I should get an attorney, but Tate Law Offices, P.C., answered my questions and made me feel more at ease. ”
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Can You Recover If You Were Partially At Fault for Your Dallas Pedestrian Accident?

It is possible that you may have partially contributed to your pedestrian accident. For instance, you may have walked slightly onto the road or crossed in the middle of a road instead of at a crosswalk.

Texas follows a modified comparative negligence law, or the law of “proportionate responsibility.” Under this law, you would be barred from a recovery only if your percentage of responsibility for the accident was found to be greater than 50 percent.

Otherwise, your damages would be reduced according to the proportion of fault attributed to you. So, if you were 10 percent at fault, your damages would be reduced by 10 percent. Therefore, you would collect 90 percent of your damages.

Tate Law Offices, P.C., will aggressively work to protect your rights and counter efforts to put an undue amount of fault on you for your accident.

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Proving Driver Negligence in a Dallas Pedestrian Accident

Establishing fault in a pedestrian accident case primarily is a matter of proving negligence, or a person’s failure to follow a reasonable standard of care under the circumstances. This requires evidence that proves four elements:

  1. Duty – You must show that the driver (the defendant) owed a legal duty to you as a pedestrian (the plaintiff). Generally speaking, the law requires drivers to be careful when encountering anyone they meet on the road such as pedestrians.
  2. Breach – The driver breached the duty owed to you. This means the driver failed to behave like a reasonable, prudent person would have behaved in the same or similar circumstances. For instance, the driver failed to:
  3. Follow the speed limit or drive at a safe speed given road or weather conditions.
  4. Stop at a red light or stop sign to allow pedestrians to cross.
  5. Watch for pedestrians at a crosswalk or a well-known crossing.
  6. Stop for a school bus that was letting off children.
  7. Check for pedestrians before backing out of a parking space.
  8. Yield the right of way to pedestrians walking in a parking lot.

 

Of course, the underlying reason for a driver’s breach of his or her duty of care may be distracted driving such as talking on a cell phone or texting while driving, drunk driving or driving while fatigued..

  1. Causation –The driver’s conduct proximately caused your injuries. In other words, “but for” the driver’s failure to safely share the road with you and other pedestrians, you would not have suffered your injuries..
  2. Damages – You suffered actual injuries and losses. For example, you suffered substantial physical and emotional injuries, causing significant financial losses due to medical bills and your inability to work.

 

The pedestrian accident lawyers of Tate Law Offices, P.C., know how to identify and overcome obstacles that can arise when proving these elements. We believe our extensive experience in this area of the law makes a true difference in our clients’ lives. Call or text Tate Law Offices at 972-499-4813 for a free consultation 24/7.

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WHAT IS FAIR COMPENSATION FOR PAIN AND SUFFERING?

There is no specific formula or rule about how pain and suffering damages should be calculated in Texas. If a case goes to trial, the jury is instructed to determine what amount would fairly compensate the victim for their pain and suffering. In practice, our lawyers work with your medical doctors to show how your injuries (physical and mental) affected you.

Basically, Tate Law Offices, P.C., will handle everything regarding your legal case. All you have to do is concentrate of recovering from your injury and following the doctor’s orders.

This depends on how long it takes for you to recover from your injury. You need to heal from your injury or at least be in a position where the doctors can render a good opinion regarding your injury. The harm you incurred must be able to be measured. After you have recovered we can many times have your case settled within 60 days if a lawsuit is not required or 12 months if a lawsuit is required. We typically only recommend a lawsuit if the insurance company is not offering to pay a fair value and we believe that litigation will add additional money to your settlement.

Yes. If we take on a case our clients pay nothing unless we collect compensation for them.

You will want to ask a car accident attorney several questions to assess the breadth of their skillfulness in their ability to produce great outcomes with car accident cases. The length of time a law firm or attorney has been in business will give you an idea of how well they may be able to handle your injury accident. Here are some questions to ask when interviewing the attorneys you are considering for your accident case:

Has the attorney taken several cases to court? What have the outcomes of these cases been? An attorney should be able to offer examples of significant verdicts for car accident cases. Cases similar to yours should be part of a law firm’s history of wins in the courtroom.

Their experience needs to be directly relevant For example, a case involving a large truck, such as a tractor trailer or freight truck is a substantially different in numerous respects than an accident case involving only autos such as cars or sport utility vehicles. The lawyer you choose should have expertise in your specific kind of case.

Is the attorney currently working on cases similar to yours? If the car accident law firm currently has case like yours, it indicates that their business is healthy and they able to handle the costs of taking an auto injury claim to court. Litigating a complex case can require a considerable amount of funds, due to the need for various elements such the court fees, investigation, the hiring of expert witnesses for testimony, producing economic models, accident reconstruction, other forms of evidence and a number of other strategic components utilized to convince a jury that the claims being made are valid and the affects of the injuries will be life-changing if you or a loved on have been seriously injured. Can the attorney handle these expenses?

Has the attorney handled car accident cases in Texas? A qualified car accident attorney will be able to select the best of the available courts in which to litigate your case in Texas or the state you are in.

You should easily be able to find reviews and ratings for the attorneys you are considering. But, you may want to also ask the accident attorney provide references. Also check resources such as Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum to determine if an attorney has handled complex cases.

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Tim Tate, of Tate Law Offices, PC, has represented victims of injuries day-in and day-out throughout the state of Texas as well as in numerous other states throughout America over the last two decades. In addition to being licensed as an Attorney at Law by the Supreme Court of Texas, Tim is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice, both of which advocate and advance the rights of injured victims against insurance companies. 

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