A Texas Pedestrian Accidents Attorney
Accidents involving a motor vehicle and a person that is walking is considered a pedestrian accident. Pedestrian accidents are common in large cities where it is more common for people to choose to walk rather than ride or drive. There are many reasons why people may choose to walk rather than ride in or drive a motor vehicle, including exercise, lack of parking, and protecting the environment. No matter the reason why a person chooses to walk when there is an accident involving a pedestrian versus a motor vehicle, the pedestrian is the party that is most likely to suffer a catastrophic injury or even death.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents & How To Prevent Them
The majority of pedestrian-involved accidents are entirely preventable. Some of the most common are:
- School Zone Pedestrian Accidents: Schools zones are notorious for pedestrian-involved accidents, and unfortunately, the victims are often children. When walking in these areas, follow all directions given by traffic safety officers and traffic signals.
- Distracted Driving: Too many drivers pay attention to matters other than operating the car they are driving. Examples include texting, eating, and interacting with other passengers. Because of this, pedestrians need to be constantly on alert and watching the traffic around them. Always err on the side of caution.
- Failure to Stop at an Intersection: Pedestrians generally cross the street at intersections, and often assume that oncoming traffic will stop when the light turns red (or for the posted STOP sign). Unfortunately, if the oncoming vehicle does not stop as it should, the results are often fatal. To prevent these accidents, pedestrians should attempt to make eye contact with the drivers of approaching vehicles to ensure they are seen and the driver understands the importance of stopping. Also, pedestrians should wait until the approaching vehicle actually comes to a full stop before crossing.
- Speeding: The faster a motor vehicle travels, the less time a driver has to react to an unexpected development, such as a pedestrian crossing the road in front of them. Don’t assume by looking at a vehicle that you can properly judge how fast the vehicle is traveling and whether or not you have time to cross in front of it.
Common Injuries Sustained in Pedestrian Accidents
Some of the most common injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents are:
- Organ Damage
- Broken/Fractured Bones
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Spinal Cord Injury
Texas Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Texas. Here are some interesting statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation:
- One in five traffic fatalities in Texas involve pedestrians
- There were 4,852 crashes involving pedestrians in Texas in 2020
- There were 1,211 serious injuries and 731 deaths in Texas in 2020
- From 2019 to 2020 there was a 9% increase in pedestrian fatalities
A Texas Pedestrian Accident Attorney Fighting For You
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you need results-driven representation. At Annie McAdams, P.C., our team of personal injury attorneys are ready to meet with you and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. You can call us at 713-785-6262 or connect with us via our contact page.