Texas is known for its beautiful scenery and abundance of outdoor space, which makes it a state in which people often walk for pleasure, exercise, and commuting purposes. The increase in pedestrians walking, riding bicycles, and otherwise traveling around Houston without the protections of a motor vehicle has led to an increase in auto pedestrian accidents. Motorists are not always aware of the rules of the road when it comes to pedestrians, and people on foot aren’t always as careful as they could be when walking or jogging near motor vehicles.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a total of 6,205 pedestrian deaths occurred in 2019. In addition, the rate of pedestrian deaths in motor vehicle crashes per 100,000 people are highest for people age 70 and older.
Common Causes of Auto Pedestrian Collisions
While a pedestrian should be able to feel safe walking around their city to get a breath of fresh air and reduce the time they spend inside their home, office, or car, many pedestrian accidents occur anyway, because:
- Drivers fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians
- Drivers are inattentive or distracted
- Drivers making turns at intersections fail to check a crosswalk
- One vehicle stops for a pedestrian at a crosswalk and another vehicle tries to go around the stopped vehicle and strikes the pedestrian
- Aggressive drivers are speeding, running red lights, or otherwise not obeying traffic signs and signals
Victims of Houston, Texas pedestrian accidents can suffer from a wide variety of injuries. Because of a lack of protection from their surroundings, even what might be considered a small vehicular impact can have devastating consequences on the human body. Common pedestrian accident injuries include everything from soft tissue damage and emotional trauma to fractures, amputation, and traumatic brain injuries. Most serious injuries result from pedestrians hitting vehicle bumpers, hoods, or the windshield area.
Pedestrian accidents can occur in parking lots or crosswalks, while walking, jogging, or running – and are particularly common at nighttime when visibility is reduced. Additionally, 74% of pedestrian-vehicle crashes occur where no traffic control exists. No single factor is responsible for auto pedestrian crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities. Rather, a combination of unsafe behaviors, vehicle and driver factors, problematic physical environments, and other conditions all contribute to them.
Houston Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Houston auto pedestrian accident, you have the right to seek fair recovery for any physical, emotional, or financial harm you have suffered. But you should take action as soon as possible, as Texas law places time limitations on your ability to bring a claim for damages. Whether you were in a crosswalk or crossing a street at another location when you were injured, you may be entitled to seek compensation if a driver was responsible for your injuries. Let an experienced Houston pedestrian accident lawyer review your options, so contact the personal injury trial attorneys of Dax F. Garza, P.C. today.
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