A woman died in the last week of eing-11-after struck by a vehicle the night before. According to the Seguin Gazette, “Denali Brooke Molina, 25, of New Braunfels was sitting in the middle of the road when she was hit by a car.” There were several witnesses present at the scene who told police that they were unable to help the victim in time. “The first witness told investigators he went home to retrieve a phone to call in that the victim was walking round in the middle of the road.” Another witness said that he was on the phone reporting that Molina needed assistance when she was struck.
This is a specific incident that would likely be considered the fault of the victim in a court of law. If you hit a pedestrian with your car, however, or are a pedestrian that is a victim of a car accident, it is important to know the facts. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “4,280 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2010, a 4 percent increase from the number reported in 2009.” The number continued to rise in 2011, totaling 4,432 pedestrian deaths. About 11,000 of these injuries were sustained by pedestrians aged 14 and younger. If you are a victim of a pedestrian accident, you could be eligible to file a personal injury suit against the driver of the car.
If you hit a pedestrian while you are driving, according to NOLO.com, “by staying clam and speaking to the right parties, you can minimize your liability.” It’s important to avoid saying things such as “I feel guilty,” or “It’s all my fault,” at the scene, because these types of sentiments—even if said with the intent of assuaging the situation—could be detrimental to a potential personal injury case later on. Exchange contact information with the pedestrian, but avoid discussing much else. Allow your insurance company to make contact with the victim’s insurance company instead.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident or are facing a personal injury suit after allegedly hitting a pedestrian, don’t go through it alone. Contact a New Braunfels personal injury attorney today.