We expect our leaders to be responsible, examples that show the community the correct way to do things. That is why it has been so shocking to hear the Dallas Councilman Kevin Felder may have committed a crime.
Last month, we learned that Felder was accused of hitting a teenager who was riding a scooter and then leaving the scene. According to witnesses, the teen asked Felder to get out of the car and Felder replied, “Do you know who I am?”
The witness checked on the teenager, who Felder allegedly hit from behind. The teen was checked by EMS for minor injuries and police are investigating the incident.
At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we do not think anyone is above the law. Anyone who leaves the scene of an accident they caused should be held responsible for their actions. When you need a Dallas pedestrian accident attorney, call us today.
Councilman Felder recently held a meeting with constituents to explain his side of the story. He claims the teenager was swerving all over the road and that he was not at fault. No media was allowed at the meeting and those who attended say that Felder’s attorney did most of the talking. While we await the outcome of this investigation, we can use it to point out that pedestrians do indeed face significant risks in and around the roadway.
For the latest reporting year in Texas, there were 614 pedestrian crash fatalities. It is common to see the following injuries when it comes to pedestrian crashes:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage or bleeding
Almost every pedestrian crash results in an injury or fatality. This is because pedestrians do not have any protection from an impact with a vehicle. When they are hit, there are no metal frames, no airbags, and no seatbelts. The injuries sustained can become incredibly costly for the victims and their families.
Often, we find that these crashes occur due to the negligence of a driver. In some cases, it is simply because a driver is impatient and careless around the pedestrian. Other times, drivers are distracted by their cell phones or other devices. Some of the most serious pedestrian crashes involve drivers who are impaired.
When another driver’s careless or reckless behavior causes a pedestrian harm, they must be held accountable for their actions.
What Happens Now?
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian crash that was caused by another person’s negligence, please seek legal assistance. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, you can count on a diligent team to pursue your claim and work on securing the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Compensation for your medical expenses
- Recovery of lost income and benefits
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages