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Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents and How To Avoid Them

By Dallas Personal Injury Attorney on February 10, 2024

Texas offers a rich tapestry of culture and opportunities for residents and visitors alike. From the bustling energy of its big cities to the charm of its small towns, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the Lone Star State. However, despite its beauty and charm, accidents can still happen.

In Texas, where pedestrian accidents account for one in five of all roadway deaths, the importance of pedestrian safety and awareness cannot be overstated. Knowing the common causes of Texas pedestrian accidents and how to prevent them could help save a life.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Common causes of pedestrian accidents in major Texas cities include:

  • Distracted driving. In a recent year, the combined economic cost of all distracted driving-related car accidents in the U.S. totaled $98 billion. Smartphones and other devices can cause drivers to take their attention off the road.
  • Speeding and reckless driving. Passing the speed limit, racing, running red lights, weaving in and out of traffic, or exhibiting aggressive behavior can significantly increase the risk of running over a pedestrian.
  • Failure to yield. If a driver fails to obey stop signs or crosswalks, he can endanger pedestrians. Drivers are expected to yield to pedestrians, especially in designated crosswalks, parking lots, and school zones.
  • Poor visibility. When drivers cannot see the road or traffic signs due to faulty or omitted lighting, it can be a severe problem. Well-lit crosswalks and intersections are a must for pedestrian safety.
  • Drunk driving. A Texan dies every nine hours from a DUI-alcohol-related crash. In addition to any harm caused in an accident, impaired drivers face potential fines, license suspension, or jail time. Finding a sober ride instead can save a life.

How Pedestrians Can Avoid Roadside Accidents

Pedestrians can help themselves stay safe by following these best practices:

  • Stay alert and avoid distractions. When walking near roadways, keep your attention focused on your environment. Avoid using devices that can cause you not to see hazards around you.
  • Use designated crosswalks. When you use a crosswalk, you increase your visibility to drivers and also avoid being found liable for injuries sustained during a pedestrian accident. Jaywalking can take drivers by surprise as there is no traffic warning to indicate they should be cautious of pedestrians. Jaywalking also increases your risk of being found responsible and receiving reduced or no compensation for your injuries, should a passing car hurt you.
  • Make eye contact with drivers. By looking through the windshield, pedestrians can establish visual communication with motorists and see whether they are paying attention. By making eye contact or exchanging a polite wave to establish that you will be crossing the road, you can reduce the likelihood of an accident.
  • Wear reflective clothing at night. Driving at night or in low-light conditions can be difficult. Pedestrians can help themselves be seen and avoided by wearing reflective clothing such as a safety vest or garments with reflective tape on the front, sides, and back. Bringing a flashlight if walking on dark roads is also recommended.
  • Stay sober and alert. Just like driving, walking while under the influence can impair your awareness. It is better to be alert or get help from a friend to walk home if you cannot trust your judgment.

Legal Recourse for Pedestrian Accidents

Have you been severely injured in a pedestrian accident and believe another party was at fault? If so, you need an experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer who specializes in pedestrian accidents to assist you in claiming your rightful compensation.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to receive compensation to cover the costs of your medical treatment, prescriptions, lost wages, inability to work, physical pain, mental suffering, and loss of life enjoyment.

The Dallas pedestrian accident attorneys at The Lenahan Law Firm will thoroughly assess your case, calculate the full extent of your damages, and pursue maximum compensation. We’ll negotiate skillfully with any other parties involved, including insurance companies, and we won’t back down until you get justice for your injuries.

We Win Big for Our Clients

At The Lenahan Law Firm, our Dallas severe injury lawyers have the experience, skills, and resources to take on some of the biggest, most challenging cases and win. We understand the pain you are experiencing and can empathize with needing to attain the highest compensation possible to help care for yourself and your family.

Call us today to discuss your case free of charge at (214) 295-1008 today.


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