At one point or another, everyone is a pedestrian. As the expense of driving and insuring a vehicle rise, more and more people choose to walk to their destinations. As the number of pedestrians increases, so do the number of pedestrian accidents. To see where the South Texas region ranks in terms of pedestrian collisions nationally, please go to this National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012:
Both motorists and pedestrians can engage in behaviors that cause collisions. According to state pedestrian law as described by the State of Texas Department of Motor Vehicles -
You can get information on pedestrian accidents at the following sites:
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles provides information on traffic and safety laws.
These departments are a good resource to get information after a pedestrian injury collision.
In an injury accident, it is crucial to get appropriate medical treatment, regardless of the financial cost.
The major hospitals in the area include:
Knapp Medical Center - Weslaco;
Valley Regional Medical Center - Brownsville;
As soon as possible, an injured person should contact their insurance company to find out if medical treatment is covered under their insurance policy.
When an injury is serious or a death occurs, the next step is to find an experienced Harlingen, Weslaco, Brownsville, and McAllen pedestrian accident attorney to start the financial recovery process by launching an insurance claim. Major injury or wrongful death claims are complicated and can be hard to manage without legal help. Since personal injury lawyers offer a free initial consultation and work on a contingency basis, meaning that there are no up-front costs and all fees are paid when the claim is settled, there is no downside to speaking with a South Texas injury lawyer right away, to get help for an injured pedestrian.
Harlingen police are still looking for who is responsible for this tragedy. If you have a tip on who may have been responsible, you are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (956) 425-8477.