Pedestrian Accident

15 Feb 2019 |Dorothy Hyde

We know that you are probably tired of hearing about electric scooters by now. If you do not use them, you likely think they are a major hazard to pedestrians in and around Dallas. If you do use them, then you are probably tired of hearing about people complain about them.

Well, now Uber is coming to town with a scooter and bike rental program called JUMP. Uber says that these rideshare options are “safe and affordable.” Affordable maybe, but safe?

The JUMP program will allow users to use the Uber app to find a bike or scooter near them for their use. Uber is just the latest company to come to town with pedestrian ride options, but we already know that these scooters have been controversial. Dallas has seen major injuries due to the scooters, for both riders and people around the riders. Unfortunately, this is just another danger that pedestrians here face on a daily basis. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we are here for you if you have been injured and need a Dallas pedestrian accident attorney.

The Reality Of These Accidents

For many in Texas, pedestrian accidents are not that big of a problem. Unfortunately, we know that is a different story in and around Dallas. For the latest reporting year for Texas shows us that there was a total of 5,767 pedestrian crashes.As a result of those crashes, there were 604 fatalities and more than 3,000 injuries.

Populated cities see the majority of these accidents. Unfortunately, when a person is struck, they usually sustain an injury. Whether the impact is with a car, bicycle, motorcycle, or scooter, the damage can be severe. We commonly represent pedestrians who have sustained the following in an accident:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal bleeding or organ damage
  • Lacerations, amputations, and crush injuries
  • Broken and dislocated bones

These incidents often occur in places where a person would least expect them: in crosswalks, on sidewalks, at intersections where a person has the right-of-way, in parking lots, and more. Usually, they are the result of a driver who is not paying attention. We often find that they were distracted by their phones or another person in their vehicle. Alcohol-impaired drivers also pose a major risk to pedestrians around the city, as they rarely even slow down before an impact.

If You Get Hurt

Regardless of what caused your injury, if someone else is at fault, you need to seek legal assistance. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, you can count on a professional team to work tirelessly for you. Dottie Hyde has the experience and drive you need on your side. She will work to secure compensation for:

  • Your accident-related medical expenses
  • Lost income if you are unable to work
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages

When you need a Dallas pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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18 Jan 2019 |Dorothy Hyde

When Cody Daniels walked out of a parking garage in Dallas, we know that he was not expecting to get mowed down by a person traveling full-speed on an electric scooter. The 32-year-old has scraped on his knee and face and also suffered a deep gash above his eye that needed seven stitches to close.

In Dallas, and in most other major cities across the United States, people are facing a crisis of sorts when it comes to how to handle the scooter problem. Not only are people getting injured due to being struck by reckless scooter riders, but they are also tripping over scooters that are left carelessly on the sidewalks.

Daniels said he had to pay for the expenses out-of-pocket. He had no way to track down the scooter rider who had fled the scene.

At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we know that scooters present one of many dangers pedestrians face in and around the city. If you get hurt and need a pedestrian accident attorney in Dallas, call us today.

The Reality Of These Accidents

If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, then you know why they can be so devastating. Whether it is a vehicle, a bicycle, a scooter, or some other object, our bodies are not made to be impacted at high speeds. When it happens, we usually suffer from two impacts – one with whatever is hitting us and one with the ground. The injuries can be devastating:

  • Lacerations, amputations, and crush injuries
  • Broken and dislocated bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal bleeding or organ damage

The latest reporting year for Texas shows us that there was a total of 5,767 pedestrian crashes. Out of those, there were:

  • 604 fatalities
  • over 3,000 injuries.

How They Happen

These accidents can become costly when it comes to medical expenses, which is why it is so important to pursue the person who causes them. All too often, we see pedestrian accidents that occur that were completely preventable – if only a person was not acting recklessly.

  • Drunk and distracted drivers are especially dangerous to everyone in or around the roadway, particularly pedestrians. They rarely slow down before an impact, causing severe injuries.
  • Speeding and aggressive drivers are also a major problem for pedestrians. This type of behavior is a choice and these drivers should be held accountable.

If You Get Injured

It may be tempting to jump at the first offer that an insurance company makes in the aftermath of a pedestrian accident. We understand the desire to put all of this behind you, but you may be entitled to more compensation, especially if someone else was to blame for the accident.

At The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, you can count on us to fully investigate your case so we can get the maximum compensation for your injury-related expenses. When you need a Dallas pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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21 Dec 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

We know that scooters are here and that they are just one more way in which residents here can suffer from major injuries. We want to talk to you today about one particular scooter injury case as well as some of the other dangers that pedestrians face in and around the Dallas area.

In August, a 21-year-old man, Alexander Forney, was riding a scooter in Deep Ellum when he hit the brakes and flipped over. He shattered his kneecap and ended up breaking his tibia in a few places. Along with those injuries, he had severe road rash and some cracked teeth.

Doctors say they almost had to amputate his leg because his injuries were so severe. Thankfully, after nine hours of surgery, he was able to keep his leg. His hospital bill was almost $1 million dollars.

Scooter riders are not the only people who are suffering injuries. It is the people around the scooter riders as well. Inexperienced riders continually strike pedestrians. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we want to help you if you are injured in a pedestrian crash that was caused by another person’s negligence. When you need a pedestrian accident lawyer in Dallas, call us today.

The Reality

When it comes to the most vulnerable groups on the roadway (pedestrians and bicyclists), almost every crash results in an injury or a fatality. Looking at the latest reporting year for Texas, we can see that there were 5,767 pedestrian crashes. Out of those, there were

  • 604 fatalities
  • over 3,000 injuries.

While the best outcome would be no injury or a minor injury, we want to point out that even those minor injuries can result in major medical bills, especially if an ambulance ride is involved. For major injuries (spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, internal organ damage, etc.) the costs can easily reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

For the most serious injuries, long-term care may be needed. Do you know if insurance settlements will cover all of those costs?

How They Happen

In our opening story, a man was hurt after crashing the scooter he was riding. With so many scooters in and around the city now, we will certainly see more accidents occur because of inexperienced riders. We also know that vehicle accident is the main cause of pedestrian injuries.

Drunk and distracted drivers often do not even slow down before an impact with a pedestrian. They pose a major danger to pedestrians on a daily basis.

What You Can Do

We know that you did not expect to be dealing with an injury, but if you have been hurt while you were out walking or jogging, let us help. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we know the laws surrounding pedestrian crashes and will help you secure the compensation you deserve. If you need a Dallas pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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17 Nov 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

As if Dallas pedestrians did not have enough to worry about, now they need to watch out for electric scooters zipping along all over the place. Emergency rooms across the United States have reported an uptick in severe accidents following the arrival of electric scooters in their cities.

So, how are Dallas pedestrians doing so far?

Not too bad, yet. Since July, Dallas officials say there have only been a few 911 calls related to scooter incidents. The article also points out that not everyone injured in a scooter accident actually calls 911. Unfortunately, local hospitals do not keep track of scooter injuries.

At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we will continue to keep an eye on motorized scooter safety, but we know that this is only one more way that pedestrians can get hurt in our city.

When you need a Dallas pedestrian accident attorney, you can count on our team to get the compensation you deserve for your accident-related expenses.

The Reality

There is no doubt that pedestrians are the most vulnerable group in and around the roadways. They have no protection from the impact of a vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, or anything else that comes at them. That is why pedestrian accidents often result in severe injuries. It is not uncommon to these following in a pedestrian incident:

  • Lacerations or amputations
  • Major internal injuries (spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, etc.)
  • Broken and dislocated bones

All of these injuries require medical care. Often, surgery is needed to fix the problem.

Will your insurance cover all of these medical expenses?

Will it cover any income you lose if your injuries keep you from working?

For the latest reporting year for Texas, there were a total of 5,767 pedestrian crashes. Out of those, there were 604 fatalities and over 3,000 injuries.

How They Happen

As we saw in the opening story, electric scooters are moving into Dallas and we will likely see that they increase pedestrian accidents. However, they are only one way that pedestrians get hurt.

Vehicle accidents can cause serious harm to the human body. A pedestrian versus vehicle collision will never end well for the pedestrian. Drunk and distracted drivers are especially dangerous to pedestrians, as they may not even slow down before an impact.

Many times, pedestrians are hit while using designated crosswalks or right-of-ways at intersections. This often happens when drivers are in a hurry and disregard the law.

What You Can Do

If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, please seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we will fight to get the compensation you need. This can include coverage for your accident-related medical expenses, lost income if you cannot work, as well as pain and suffering damages. When you need a Dallas pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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26 Oct 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

We want to bring you a story from nearby Garland today because it highlights what we know about pedestrian injuries – the do not necessarily happen on or directly around the roadway. Sometimes, pedestrians are in danger even when they are inside of a store.

Last month, an incident of impatience led to the driver of an SUV slamming the gas pedal too hard and sending the vehicle into the Panaderia Guatemalteca, a popular area bakery. Watching the surveillance footage, it is hard to believe that nobody was killed in the incident.

It happened when two vehicles were trying to get into the same parking spot in front of the store. In an effort to get into the space before the other vehicle, the driver over punched the gas.

“There were shelves. Our middle unit was thrown. There were soda cans. There was glass everywhere,” said the bakery owner’s son.

Most of the ten people injured were treated on scene. One was taken to the hospital.
At the Law Offices of Dorothy Hyde, we know that incidents like this can happen anywhere. If you need a Dallas pedestrian accident attorney, you can count on us to get the compensation you deserve.

The Numbers

When you are out on foot, we know the last thing you are thinking about is an accident. Unfortunately, you cannot control the actions of others around you. During the latest reporting year for Texas, there were 5,767 pedestrian accidents. Of those:

  • There were 614 fatalities
  • There were 1,144 serious injuries
  • There were over 2,000 less serious injuries

Pedestrians are especially vulnerable when it comes to accidents. They have no way to protect themselves from the impact of a vehicle that weighs thousands of pounds. In the story above, the situation would have been much worse has it not been for the wall and large refrigerators that the SUV had to go through before it hit the people. Usually, a pedestrian is hit by the vehicle and thrown to the ground for a second impact.
It is not uncommon to see the following in a pedestrian accident:

  • Broken and dislocated bones
  • Spinal and head injuries
  • Major internal organ damage
  • Soft tissue injuries

Often, these injuries require major medical intervention to repair followed by long periods of rehabilitation for a full recovery. This can lead to major medical bills.
Other times, people are permanently disabled and are unable to return to work.
Will your insurance cover all of these expenses and lost income?

What You Can Do

If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, seek legal assistance immediately. Pedestrian accidents are far too common and we know how badly they can injure people. Your focus needs to be on healing, not how to pay your accident-related expenses. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we can provide you with an experienced pedestrian accident attorney in Dallas. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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29 Sep 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

We have to talk about the electric ridesharing scooters that are invading major cities across the United State, including Dallas. You may have heard the names: Lime, Bird, Skip.

The idea is that these scooters will be parked at various places around the city and people can use an app on their phone to pay for and unlock a ride. They then take them to their destination, leave them on the sidewalk, and go on their way.

Let’s take a minute to think about this. People who likely have zero training about how to operate electric scooters can now zoom around our sidewalks and streets.

How dangerous is this for other pedestrians in the city?

Who is liable for any injuries that result from the use of these scooters?

At the Law Offices of Dorothy Hyde, we know that there are so many dangers that pedestrians face when they set out. If you need a pedestrian accident attorney in Dallas, you can count on us.

Pedestrians At Risk

We know that the last thing you think about when you go out for a walk or some exercise is getting hurt. Unfortunately, you cannot control the actions of everyone around you.

Pedestrians are particularly vulnerable. If they get hit, whether by a vehicle, a bike, or another person, the impact to cause major injuries.

In 2017 in Texas, there were 614 people killed in pedestrian accidents across the state. The state is ranked 13th in the country when it comes to pedestrian deaths. Across the US, pedestrians account for almost 16 percent of all motor vehicles.

The injuries that do not cause fatalities can be severe:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Severe internal organ damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries

The severe injuries often require major medical interventions and extended rehabilitation for a person to heal.
Many times, people are permanently disabled and unable to get back to living the life they were used to living.
Often, these accidents happen because of a driver’s negligent behavior. This can include drunk or impaired driving. When someone else makes the choice to drive drunk or distracted, they are putting so many lives at risk. When they cause harm, they should be held accountable.

Why should you have to suffer financially?

What To Do Now

If someone else’s negligent behavior has caused you harm, we know you may be wondering what to do. If you are injured in a pedestrian incident, your medical bills will pile up quickly, but they may not be your only expense. If you have to miss work, the lost income can really cut into your ability to care for yourself and your family.

When you need a Dallas pedestrian accident attorney, you can count on the Law Offices of Dorothy Hyde for help. We will work to get you the compensation you need to cover all of your accident-related expenses. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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