In crowded metropolitan areas, the most common way to get around is by walking. Most who walk believe they are safe from harm; however, this is not necessarily the case. While other types of accidents seem to be decreasing, pedestrian accidents seem to be making an increase.
While it is a common assumption that pedestrians have the right-of-way, this is not always true. Generally speaking, pedestrians have the right-of-way only when crossing the street at designated crosswalks at the designated times.
The Texas Transportation Code does not allow pedestrians legal access to all roadways. Actually, in some areas, pedestrians are not allowed to walk on highways, across some bridges, and in some places that see high traffic.
What Causes Pedestrian Accidents?
Speeding, distracted driving, and impaired driving are the most common causes of accidents involving pedestrians. Drivers using cell phones, texting, or even looking away from the road for just a few seconds can cause a devastating accident.
How to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents?
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), provides some guidelines to help prevent accidents. Pedestrians should always walk on sidewalks and not in the street, cross the street only in designated crosswalk areas, pay attention to traffic, and do not use your phone while you walk.
Also, do not step off the curb until it is safe to do so, regardless of whether you have a walk signal. As a pedestrian, do not assume that a driver sees you and will stop. Make eye contact with the driver to ensure that the driver is aware of pedestrians.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
Injuries that a pedestrian may suffer from being hit by a vehicle can be life-threatening. A single person walking is no match for a large, heavy vehicle. If you or a loved one are hurt in a pedestrian accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Pusch and Nguyen Law Firm at (713) 524-8139 for a free consultation. Learn of your options in regard to getting your medical bills and other damages handled.