As Houston has continued to grow in its population over the last few decades, the number of transportation options for commuting workers has increased. But along with these changes is also an increase in accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists with motor vehicles, as well as accidents involving bus, rail, and train services.
As of 2017, it was reported that the number of accidents in Houston involving pedestrians and motor vehicles had increased by 46% since 2015. Accidents involving vehicles and bicyclists had increased by 34% between 2015 and 2016.
Texas is considered one of the most dangerous states for pedestrians, mostly based on statistics from Houston accidents. A predominant cause of these accidents is negligence on the part of the driver, often due to distracted driving or driving while intoxicated.
The Houston personal injury attorneys at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs are here to hold negligent drivers accountable for the accidents and injuries they have caused. If you or a loved one has been injured while engaging in alternative transportation (such as walking, biking, or riding by bus or rail), we can make a powerful case for securing compensation on your behalf.
In order to win your personal injury case against a negligent driver, we will need to prove that your injury was caused by the driver breaching his or her duty to you as a pedestrian or bicyclist. Our attorneys can conduct the necessary investigation and help gather evidence for your case.
In the state of Texas, personal injury lawsuits differ depending on whether you are filing a claim against a private company/individual or a government institution. Because the Houston METRO is a state government agency, you will need to abide by a different set of rules when filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Per the Texas Tort Claims Act, enacted in 1969, the following stipulations affect personal injury claims against a government-owned public transit company:
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