There has been a need in Texas, for some time now, for its larger cities to become more pedestrian-accessible, but the state, which ranks very high in the number of vehicular accidents, has not implemented any stronger regulations for drivers who break pedestrian right of way laws. This has resulted in a large number of pedestrian accidents on a number of Texas roadways and a huge concern for people who attempt to walk to work or walk to nearby stores from their homes.
Aggressive drivers sometimes forget that pedestrians usually have the right of way in most crosswalks and sidewalks, and quite a few pedestrian accidents occur in parking lots where drivers were not as attentive as they should have been. Since a car traveling at even a low rate of speed can cause serious injuries to an unprotected pedestrian, even the slightest of accidents can be extremely life-altering. These type of accidents can cause severe spinal or brain injuries that would have a huge impact on someone’s life, or even worse, result in death.
Typically, pedestrian accidents are usually the fault of the driver who was not paying attention or was not looking out for street-crossing pedestrians. If an accident occurs, the driver must pay for any injuries, and the costs are often severe.
It was reported in 2012 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that on average, 12 pedestrians were killed daily and 8 injured just about every hour in the United States.
The NHTSA 2012 reports show that:
- 73% of all pedestrian traffic deaths happened in urban settings.
- 20 % of pedestrian fatalities involved people age 65 and older.
- 70 % of pedestrian traffic deaths occurred in the nighttime.
- 48% of pedestrian fatal accidents involved Alcohol consumption, by either the pedestrian or the driver.
- After California, the State of Texas had the 2nd– highest pedestrian fatality rate in the United States.
According to the Texas DOT reports in 2013, there were 485 pedestrian fatalities in the state. Victims of an auto accident have a right to be compensated for their injuries, including pain and suffering, lost wages, or mental anguish. If the accident is severe, they are also entitled to receive future income for permanent injuries. Additionally, the state wrongful death statute allows the family members of a pedestrian that is killed by a motor vehicle to also receive compensation.
Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable, completely unprotected, and can succumb to serious injury or death if involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. They have certain rights available. It does not matter if the cause of a pedestrian accident was due to a distracted, drunk, or speeding driver, someone who was breaking traffic laws, or by a driver who just failed to exercise reasonable care, they can be assisted with an experienced personal injury attorney in McAllen, Texas.