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Everyday, thousands of Texans take to the sidewalks. Some are walking to work or school while others are just enjoying a stroll. However, this inconspicuous activity is actually pretty dangerous according to new data. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association released a preliminary report that found pedestrian accident fatalities in 2017 were actually the highest in 25 years.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Association looked at data from 2007 to 2016 and determined that while traffic accident fatalities were decreasing, the number of pedestrian accident fatalities was actually increasing. Between 2007 and 2016, the number of traffic deaths decreased 14%, while pedestrian accident fatalities increased a whopping 27%. In 2017, the number of pedestrian accident fatalities decreased one half of one percent — essentially unchanged from 2016.
The report cites a number of factors that can lead to an increase in pedestrian accident fatalities, including economic conditions, demographics, weather, fuel prices, vehicle miles traveled, and the amount of time people spend walking. One of the most likely contributing factors is the increasing use of cell phones, which can be a significant source of distraction for drivers.
Harris County had the third highest number of pedestrian accident fatalities in the country in 2016, only edged out by Los Angeles County in California and Maricopa County in Arizona. In total, there were 128 pedestrian accident fatalities in Harris County in 2016. This does not include hundreds of additional auto pedestrian accidents where victims survived. Pedestrians shouldn’t have to worry about being injured or killed by motor vehicles, but the sad reality is far too many drivers are irresponsible and cause deadly car accidents.
Nothing can take away the pain caused by a pedestrian accident, but victims and their families can seek justice through filing a personal injury lawsuit. This will hold the negligent driver responsible and help your family obtain financial compensation for the injuries caused in the accident. If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a Houston pedestrian accident, don’t wait to call Adame Garza LLP. We will fight for you to get the justice you deserve.