Auto-Pedestrian Accidents

We hate to see auto-pedestrian accidents.  If you or a loved one has been hit by a car, you know that the injuries victims typically sustain in these cases are usually severe. 

What you don’t know are the issues relating to liability.  For whatever reasons, stories in auto-pedestrian cases seem to change a lot — drivers seem to recant admissions of liability more  in auto-pedestrian cases than in other claims.  As a result, if you or a loved one is hurt in an auto-pedestrian collision it’s important to hire a lawyer as soon as possible to start the investigation process.

It’s also important to hire a lawyer that has handled auto-pedestrian cases.  In addition to investigation issues, auto-pedestrian cases have complicating issues not typically found in regular car wreck claims.

One of the tricks of auto-pedestrian accidents is knowing potential sources of recovery.

Obviously, if you’re a pedestrian and you’re hit by a negligent driver, you can make a claim against the driver.  Similarly, if the driver is working on behalf of someone else, such as an employer, you may be able to make a claim against that person or entity.

But a non-obvious source of recovery is an uninsured/underinsured motorist policy.  Most people don’t understand this, but if you own a vehicle, and you have purchased uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, that policy will provide coverage if you are hit as a pedestrian.  This coverage most often applies when pedestrians are hit by hit-and-run drivers, but it also applies if the driver doesn’t have enough insurance to cover your injuries.

Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP maintains offices in Austin, Texas. However, our attorneys and lawyers represent clients throughout the state of Texas, including Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Forth Worth, El Paso, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, Round Rock, Georgetown, Lockhart, Bastrop, Elgin, Manor, Brenham, Cedar Park, Burnet, Marble Falls, Temple and Killeen. By Brooks Schuelke

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