Pedestrian fatalities are, sadly, still too high. Texas residents need to be aware of this, even if they typically drive. All people are pedestrians at some times. Whether they are walking from the car to a store, or crossing the street from a parking garage to an arena, they should be able to feel safe. Accidents between automobiles and even motorized scooters can have devastating consequences.
Knowing the numbers
In recent years, the number of serious pedestrian accidents have actually gone up. For example, in 2018, there were 6,283 fatalities in collisions between cars and pedestrians. This represented a 3% increase over the prior year, and it was the largest single annual total since 1990. Most of the people killed in these accidents are males. Over a quarter of these incidents happen in the early evening, between about 6 and 8 PM.
The NHTSA provides advice about pedestrian safety for both drivers and walkers. There are a few things that pedestrians can do to increase their chances of walking safely on or near roads. When crossing the street, always be aware of traffic. Trying to make eye contact with drivers at the intersection is a good idea, too. It makes them aware. It’s imperative to use sidewalks. Failing that, pedestrians should always walk facing traffic. It’s prudent to be as visible as possible. Wearing sneakers with reflective patches can help. So can wearing light or bright colors, instead of dressing in black.
If you or a loved one has been hit by a car while walking, it’s important to contact a lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.