Were you a pedestrian injured in a traffic accident?
What is a Pedestrian Accident?
- Most pedestrian accidents take place in urban and non-intersection areas.
- More than two-thirds of pedestrians killed are male and almost one-fifth of fatalities are of Hispanic origin.
- In the United States, a pedestrian is killed in a vehicle crash every 107 minutes.
- Saturday and Sunday have the highest probability for pedestrian accidents.
- The deadliest days of the year for pedestrian accidents are January 1st followed by October 31st.
In 2018, Texas had the third highest number of pedestrian traffic fatalities, with more than 564 reported in that year alone. Injuries from these accidents can be catastrophic, life-changing, and even result in death. This reinforces the importance of knowing what to do if you become the victim of such an accident.
What Causes a Pedestrian Accident?
Both drivers and pedestrians are expected to obey the rules of the road and exercise reasonable care at all times. Unfortunately, when drivers neglect the important rules, they can cause serious pedestrian accidents. Some of these negligent driving factors include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Disobeying traffic lights and signs
- Disregard for pedestrians in a crosswalk
- Failing to use signal when turning in a crosswalk
How Can You Stay Safe?
Pedestrian accidents are unfortunately very common and the best way to decrease your chances of becoming a victim is to be proactive and exercise reasonable care. Some things to remember:
- If you’re walking or biking in the dark, carry a flashlight or wear reflective clothing so you can be easily seen by traffic.
- Always walk on the sidewalk. If there isn’t a sidewalk available, be sure to walk on the shoulder of the road facing traffic.
- Cross the road at crosswalks or intersections where drivers are expecting to see pedestrians. If there isn’t a crosswalk available, wait for a gap in traffic that will allow you enough time to cross safely, and continue to look for traffic as you cross.
- If you’re intoxicated, avoid walking as alcohol can impair your reflexes and judgement.
If You’ve Been Injured in a Pedestrian Accident, Call Us Now!
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian accident as the result of a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, disability, lost wages, and the pain and suffering you’ve experienced. Call us at (214) 526-7900 for a free consultation. Our phone lines are open and our attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley are ready to help you get on the road to recovery.