Texas remains one of the most dangerous states for pedestrian deaths, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. The report highlights some startling statistics for both pedestrians and motorists alike-298 pedestrians died in the first six months of 2018, a total that was 32 deaths higher than the number of pedestrians killed in the same time period in 2017. The recent death of a county sheriff highlights the fact that pedestrian accidents are still a problem across the state.
Factors that contribute to pedestrian accidents are the time of day, speed, and phone usage. People are driving very fast and not paying attention to the road when behind the wheel. Motorists are texting and driving or are otherwise distracted and, by the time their attention is back on the road, a person is crossing in front of them.
As the weather warms up, more and more people will be walking and, if both motorists and pedestrians do not use caution, the number of accidents involving pedestrians could increase. Most accidents could be completely prevented if motorists would pay attention and follow the rules of the road.
When a crash does take place, it might be possible to hold the negligent driver accountable for their behavior. Though it is not possible to quantify the trauma one endures when they are injured in an accident, it is possible to quantify the medical expenses and lost wages that result from it. An experienced attorney can discuss one’s legal options for recovery after a car accident.