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By now most of us understand the risks that come with being a pedestrian on Texas roads and sidewalks. These days it’s as if the news is covering a new pedestrian death every single day, and we are left wondering how this has grown into such a major problem. Despite an increase in road safety efforts, the issue has only grown worse. A recent study performed by the Governors Highway Safety Association revealed Texas ranks among the worst states in terms of pedestrian deaths.
Within the first six months of 2018, nearly 300 pedestrians died on or along Texas roadways, according to the study. This is a 32-person increase from pedestrian deaths in the first six months of 2017. While efforts to spread awareness and provide safety signage have been in the works, many are left wondering, what else is needed to stop this growing problem?
With heightened traffic in the city of Houston and constant roadway construction affecting traffic patterns, it’s not all that surprising the pedestrian injury problem persists. While researchers did not pinpoint a specific cause for the growth in pedestrian death numbers, they did note incidents happen more at night. The data also indicates accidents tend to involve SUVs, small trucks, and alcohol or drug use by both pedestrians and drivers.
In order to get a grip on the problem, officials have proposed the following solutions:
If traveling on foot is your preferred or primary means of transportation, it is crucial to keep pedestrian safety practices in mind. Not only do you need to stay especially aware of your surroundings and other’s driver behaviors, but you also need a solid understanding of the Texas pedestrian laws in place. Here are some of the key Texas laws to remember in any auto-pedestrian situation:
Unfortunately we can only control our own actions and road safety habits, often leaving many situations completely out of our hands. This is especially true if a negligent or impaired driver or pedestrian is involved in the situation. If you or a loved one was a victim of an auto-pedestrian accident and needs help, contact us today for a free consultation. The auto accident attorneys at Adame Garza LLP will work to fight for the compensation you deserve.