Fort Worth pedestrian accidents may happen at intersections, in marked crosswalks or on virtually any roadway. Pedestrian accidents can and do occur when pedestrians have the right of way and vehicles are not paying attention, so do not assume that you are safe just because you have the right of way. Always pay attention to oncoming traffic before you step out into the roadway.
Establishing Liability for Pedestrian Accidents
If you are involved in a pedestrian accident in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, one of the first things to do is to establish liability. In order to successfully resolve a pedestrian accident, you must establish whether the motor vehicle operator was at fault in an accident or whether the pedestrian was at fault. Fault depends in part on whether you or the vehicle was in compliance with Texas highway safety laws.
Texas Highway Safety Laws
Section 552 of The Texas Transportation Code deals with various pedestrian crossing rules. The pedestrian laws are listed in further detail on my website. They include information about when a pedestrian does and does not have the right of way. I know it is common misconception that pedestrians “always” have the right of way, but they do not in all cases.
I hope this information helps you understand the rules and your rights as a pedestrian. My hope is that by informing people about pedestrian safety, there will be less accidents involving pedestrians each year. This information is provided by DFW Personal Injury Lawyer Mark Anderson. For a free consultation with the Anderson Law Firm please fill out our contact form online.