Pedestrians should never assume their safety while sharing the road with motor vehicles. According to recent CDC statistics, more than 150,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments in 2013. Sadly, in the same year, 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents.
It’s hard to fathom how a simple walk down the road can turn into such a devastating event. And while there are simple safety tips to remember, not all pedestrian accidents can be avoided by the pedestrian. At Patterson Law Group, we understand how traumatic these injuries can be for victims and their families. We want to hear your story! Let us help you, and your loved ones, find peace of mind and financial security after a pedestrian accident.
If you’re in need of pedestrian accident attorneys in Texas, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Pedestrian Safety in Texas
Pedestrians are defined as any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down. According to the CDC, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip. This is why pedestrians must practice vigilance while sharing the road with motor vehicles. Here are some laws & tips to remember:
- Texas law does not allow for pedestrians to walk along or in a public roadway if an adjacent sidewalk is available and accessible. In the case of no sidewalk, a pedestrian should, if possible, walk on either the left side of the roadway, or the shoulder of the highway facing oncoming traffic.
- Pedestrian control signals must be obeyed. A pedestrian may not start to cross a roadway in the direction of a “Don’t Walk” or a “Wait” signal.
- Pedestrians using a designated crosswalk should always be cautious. Not all crosswalks have traffic signals, and cars may not see pedestrians standing nearby.
- Between adjacent intersections with traffic controls, a pedestrian may cross only in a marked crosswalk—this means no jaywalking.
Despite these safety regulations, pedestrian accidents still occur; sometimes through no fault of their own.
Patterson Law Group has decades of combined experience with regards to pedestrian accidents. We know how devastating a pedestrian accident can be for an individual, as well as their loved ones; we’re here to help when and if you need us.
Enjoying the Sunshine? Avoid These Ten Intersections
To ensure that pedestrians taking their dogs for a walk, going to work, or enjoying the fresh air get from Point A to Point B, we compiled the most accident-prone intersections into an interactive map. Click on the map to explore accidents by year and zoom in or out to see which intersections on your route(s) are at a greater risk for accidents.
Common Causes of Pedestrian Injury
Most pedestrian accidents can and should be avoided by motorists. However, accidents that do occur are commonly caused by motorists that:
- Fail to yield to a pedestrian
- Fail to obey posted speed limit signs
- Get distracted by texting, eating, or applying cosmetics
- Drive intoxicated
Lacerations, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, torn ligaments, and bone fractures are injuries commonly suffered in pedestrian accidents. These injuries can cost a small fortune for a family to pay, and may even warrant prolonged treatments or therapy, depending on the nature of the injury.
If you ever witness, or get hit, in a pedestrian accident, be sure to collect the other party’s name and contact information, as well as their insurance provider’s information. You will need this to help build your case. If you were unable to get it at the time of the accident, ask a friend or a police officer to get it for you.
Pedestrian Accident Lawyers in Texas
Pedestrian accident attorneys in Texas take legal action on behalf of victims, or their family, apprising them of their rights, and aiding in various legal challenges. Monetary damages may be awarded for medical expenses, as well as emotional pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, or other special damages.
Each pedestrian claim is different, which is why we encourage you to contact us directly if you, or someone you love, was injured in a pedestrian accident. We believe our efforts can help you, and your family, achieve financial stability and peace of mind, even in the wake of disaster.
Contact Patterson Law Group today at 817-784-2000, or fill out the form on this page and we’ll get in touch with you shortly.