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2020 Statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) illustrate pedestrian-involved accidents are on the rise in Texas. The agency reported nearly 5,000 collisions involving pedestrians. According to KSAT, fatalities stemming from these accidents are also on the rise, with over 700 pedestrian deaths last year. Pedestrians are not equipped with safety equipment such as a metal exterior, airbags, seatbelts, etc. – making them some of the most vulnerable targets on the road.

Traffic Tragedies

Traffic tragedies are an increasingly huge concern and TxDOT’s 2020 statistics point to reckless motorists – distracted or speeding – and pedestrians with little regard for rules of the road. A big initiative of TxDOT is to remind drivers to yield the right of way to pedestrians and raise more awareness when it comes to safety on the roads.

The agency reported last year, of the 5,000 crashes reported, 1,000 of them resulted in serious injuries and over 700 deaths. According to the government agency, this is a 9% spike from 2019.

Within the last five years, over 3,000 pedestrians have died on Texas roadways. 2016- 2020 saw a 5% increase in traffic deaths involving pedestrians.

Contributing Factors

Some contributing factors for this drastic spike have much to do with pedestrians failing to yield the right of way to vehicles, drivers not paying attention, and speeding. TxDOT wants to remind drivers to yield the right of way to pedestrians, especially when making turns. Motorists must stop for people walking at crosswalks, use caution when passing stopped busses or other vehicles, and avoid distractions.

However, pedestrians also share the responsibility of keeping everyone safe. Pedestrians must also follow the rules of the road. They should only cross the street using intersections and crosswalks. Other safety tips may look like this:

  • Looking both ways before you cross – look left, then right, and then left again before you start to cross.
  • Dont assume traffic will stop for you.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
  • Walk on the right side of the cross walk & allow others to pass on your left – just like normal car traffic.
  • Blocked cars and other obstacles may obstruct your view.
  • Exit your car on the curb side of the street when possible.
  • Do not jaywalk.

Texas Investment

Motorist behavior and driving habits are a huge factor in increased collisions that have taken place since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. Even with less traffic on Texas roadways, accidents and fatalities continue to rise.

Over the past several years, Texas has invested big money into projects that implement pedestrian safety. In 2015, TxDOT spent $153 million of federal and state funding towards upgrading sidewalks, curbs, and striping for pedestrian accessibility and mobility.

During the same time period, TxDOT received $116 million in grant funding to support locally sponsored projects that would provide safe routes to schools, multiuse pathways, sidewalks, and bike paths.

Your Experienced Pedestrian Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been in a pedestrian accident involving a car, motorcycle, or truck to no fault of your own – you need to contact Angel Reyes – Reyes Browne Reilley immediately. Our attorneys maximize your potential to recover every single penny you deserve.

Pedestrian accidents involve a pedestrian and any other force of movement, such as a motor car, scooter, bike, etc. Injuries from these accidents can be catastrophic, life-changing, and even result in death. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, disability, lost wages, and the pain and suffering you’ve experienced. To learn more, contact us immediately for a 100% free consultation. Tap the green button to call or submit a form here now.

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