When a car or truck hits a pedestrian, the results can be catastrophic. That's why the Texas Transportation Code requires drivers to exercise due care to avoid colliding with pedestrians on a roadway and to give adequate warning by sounding their horn. Safety is everyone's responsibility, but drivers have a special responsibility to look out for people on foot.
A collision between a motor vehicle and a cyclist can likewise cause serious injuries and even death. Many drivers - and the insurance companies that provide them with liability coverage - forget that Texas law grants cyclists the right to operate in the roadway. Drivers refuse to share the road and always point the finger at the cyclist when an accident happens. Unfortunately, this often leaves innocent Texans with severe injuries and a pile of medical bills facing off against a powerful insurance company that will do almost anything to deny their claims. As cyclists themselves, Alford & Clark have seen how drivers fail to share the road and put cyclists in unnecessary danger. Don't fall victim twice. Alford & Clark fights the insurance companies on behalf of injured pedestrians and cyclists. We take great pride in our work and know this area of the law. Don't hire a regular car wreck attorney to handle your auto-pedestrian or auto-cyclist accident. Put Alford & Clark in your corner!
Alford & Clark is a full-service firm that prides itself on client satisfaction. When you hire us, we take care of all the headaches - both big and small. We help you hold the defendant responsible, help you get the medical care you need, and help you move on with your life. Call us now for a free, confidential consultation. Our attorneys are on call – 24/7 – and are happy to answer any questions absolutely free of charge. If you decide to hire Alford & Clark, you will never pay us out of your own pocket and we will never take a percentage of the money paid to repair or replace your car. That's because - unlike some other law firms - our attorney fee is only a percentage of case winnings from the injury side of your case. Best of all, there is zero risk to you. If we don't win, no matter how much we spent fighting on your behalf, you will never owe us a dime. We only get paid when we win your case.
I've been hit by a car or truck, what do I do?
The car insurance industry is competitive, and the way these companies make a profit is through claim denial and the underpayment of claims. These companies handle thousands of car accidents every single day, and will use every trick in the book to minimize your claim or to deny it outright. After a serious accident, in order to protect yourself and your rights, you should:
Immediately contact the police and emergency medical services
Immediately seek medical attention for your injuries
Immediately contact Alford & Clark for a free consultation – contact Alford & Clark before you talk to the insurance company or sign anything that could waive your rights
File a police report, and follow up to make sure it is accurate
Avoid giving any written or recorded statements to the insurance adjuster
Get the name and insurance information of the other driver
Get the names and contact information for any witnesses
Take photographs of the accident scene and your injuries
Auto-pedestrian and auto-cyclist accidents are common and can be deadly.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, pedestrian fatalities totaled 550 in 2015, a 12.7% increase from 2014. Cyclist fatalities totaled 51 in 2015, a 2% increase from 2014.
As more and more vehicles enter our roadways, as more and more miles are driven per year, and as more drivers give in to the temptation to use their cell phones while driving, the number of accidents and the number of injuries will only increase.
It is only a matter of time before you or a loved one is involved in an accident. You need to be prepared. You need to know what to do when an accident happens. You need Alford & Clark in your corner.
Why do I need Alford & Clark? Can't I just handle my claim myself?
Without Alford & Clark in your corner, it is virtually impossible for you to get the insurance company to pay you the full value of your claim. Without Alford & Clark in your corner, the insurance company will stall, will try to trick you into giving a statement that hurts your case, and will pressure you into settling your claim for pennies on the dollar.
In Texas, you typically have two years to file a lawsuit for a auto-pedestrian or auto-cyclist accident. However, there are exceptions in the law that may shorten the time you have to file. Missing that deadline will lock you out of the courthouse forever, and it is likely that you will recover nothing no matter how serious your injuries. Aside from this deadline, the value of your case decreases every day you wait to contact Alford & Clark. Every day gives the insurance company more time to try to diminish the value of your case. Alford & Clark will make sure that you don't miss any important deadlines and will fight to get you the maximum value for your case.
Get your free, confidential consultation now. One of our attorneys is always on call – 24/7 – and we are happy to answer any of your questions absolutely free of charge. Alford and Clark will evaluate your case for free. When you put Alford & Clark in your corner, there is no upfront cost and you will never have to pay us out of your pocket. We only get paid when we win your case. And best of all, there is zero risk to you. If we don't win your case, no matter how much we spent fighting on your behalf, you will never owe us a dime.
Alford & Clark is a full-service firm that prides itself on client satisfaction. When you hire us, we take on all of the headaches of dealing with your car accident - both big and small. We help you get the medical care you need and help you move on with your life. Call us today to put Alford & Clark in your corner.
The Texas trial attorneys at Alford & Clark PLLC have their primary office in San Antonio, Texas but are proud to serve the following areas: San Antonio, Sugar Land, Baytown, McKinney, Spring, Pharr, Brownsville, Pearland, College Station, Rowlett, Killeen, Longview, Amarillo, Wichita Falls, DeSoto, Temple, Austin, Victoria, League City, Carrollton, Flower Mound, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Round Rock, Lubbock, Pasadena, McAllen, Missouri City, Irving, Tyler, Houston, Odessa, Plano, Harlingen, Allen, Denton, Garland, Lewisville, Bryan, Waco,Edinburg, Grand Prairie, North Richland Hills, Cedar Park, Abilene, Arlington, San Marcos, Mission, Fort Worth, Galveston, Grapevine, Corpus Christi, Atascocita, Frisco, El Paso, Pflugerville, Conroe, The Woodlands, Midland, Dallas, Richardson, Mesquite, New Braunfels, San Angelo, Laredo, Mansfield, Euless, and Georgetown. The trial lawyers at Alford & Clark PLLC will also accept cases of serious personal injury and wrongful death outside of these cities.