Man killed in auto-pedestrian accident
CAMERON COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating an early morning crash on December 8 that left one man dead.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said via news release that the incident happened at approximately 5:09 a.m. on FM 511 north of Florida Road near Brownsville.
According to the new release, a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria traveling south of FM 511 hit a man who was walking north in the middle of the road.
The driver of the Ford stopped to render aid, and the unidentified man died at the scene. DPS says it will release the identity of the man once next of kin are notified of his death.
What happens if you’re injured in an auto- pedestrian accident?
Auto-pedestrian accidents are not always the fault of the driver. To receive compensation for your injuries, you have to show that someone else caused the accident that led to your injuries. In most cases, this means you have to show that someone else was negligent.
Pedestrians can often have the right of way on a public street, such as when they are crossing in a designated crosswalk. And motor vehicle drivers are required to exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian on a roadway. If a driver fails to exercise due care (by, for example, texting while driving) and collides with a pedestrian, the driver is probably negligent.
However, in some cases, the accident can be the pedestrian’s fault, particularly if the person is jaywalking. In other cases, it might partially be the driver’s fault, and partially the pedestrian’s fault.
Texas follows the theory of modified comparative fault. This means that a plaintiff’s damages are reduced by their percentage of fault. What’s more, if the plaintiff was more than 50% at fault, they’re prohibited from recovering any damages.
In order to sort out your situation, it’s best to consult an attorney such as the personal injury lawyers at the J. Gonzalez Law Firm. They have years of experience in these matters, and they can offer advice you can trust. You won’t have to pay a dime for it unless they successfully settle your claim.
Call today at 1-800-CAR-CRASH to discuss the details of your situation.