Pedestrian Accidents On The Streets Of Texas
Texas is routinely ranked among the top 10 most dangerous states for pedestrians. Many of the streets and intersections in our cities were not designed with the safety of pedestrians in mind. As relatively low gas prices and increasingly fuel-efficient cars result in more cars on the road, the likelihood of pedestrian accidents increases. The number of deaths seems to slowly increase every year as well.
Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents
A number of factors play into the likelihood of pedestrian accidents. Not surprisingly, alcohol often plays a role. More than 10% of drivers and roughly one-third of pedestrians involved in fatal accidents were found to be legally drunk. Other factors that influence pedestrian accidents include:
- Walking in urban areas – Urban areas are more dangerous than rural areas, particularly in low income neighborhoods.
- Distracted driving
- Failing to obey traffic laws
It’s important to be vigilant while walking. Unfortunately, that is not always enough.
Injuries Resulting From Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians are no match for motor vehicles. Sometimes a pedestrian getting hit by a car suffers only cuts and bruises, but most victims aren’t that lucky. The types of injuries we commonly see include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Loss of limb
- Internal injuries
These injuries can be truly life-changing. In those cases, legal help is almost certainly necessary.
What To Do In A Hit-And-Run Accident
If you are the victim of a hit-and-run while walking, try to get the license plate number of the vehicle that hit you. Ideally, get a picture of the vehicle and the license. If there are any witnesses, ask them to write down anything they remember and get their contact information. Try to collect any information that will help police track down the driver.
If the police are unable to find the driver, you can still file an insurance claim if you have health insurance. Uninsured motorist coverage on your car insurance will often provide coverage too even though you were not driving at the time of the accident. You can also check to see if you have disability insurance through the company you work for. This is often a standard part of benefits packages that many people are not aware that they have.