Hazardous Crosswalks and Pedestrian Accidents in Texas
Did you know that pedestrian accidents are on the rise nationwide, but particularly in Texas? According to statistics, Texas is the 9th most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians. Last year in Texas, more than 5,000 pedestrians were involved in accidents resulting in 481 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries. Do you know where the most dangerous areas for pedestrians are in Texas?
The Most Dangerous Areas for Pedestrians in Texas:
Since the average car weighs over 4,000 pounds and the average person weighs less than 200 pounds, it’s not surprising that when a person is in an accident with a motor vehicle, the result is frequently catastrophic. To improve safety, be aware of some of the most dangerous areas for pedestrians in Texas:
1. 9th Most Dangerous City for Pedestrians: Houston-Sugar Land Baytown was also ranked in the top five cities in the nation for the highest number of pedestrian deaths. The busy downtown area has been specifically cited as a danger to pedestrians.
2. Ranked in the Top Ten Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians: Greater Dallas-Fort Worth area ranked in the top ten most dangerous cities in the nation for pedestrians and has a pedestrian fatality rate increasing at an alarming rate in urban neighborhoods. Poorly lit street corners and crosswalks, and the increased number of distracted drivers and distracted pedestrians have all been called contributors to the problem.
3. 18th Most Dangerous Place for Pedestrians in the Nation: Austin-Round Rock urban metro center sees most pedestrian accidents occurring in crosswalks with drivers failing to see pedestrians due to poor driving conditions or distracted driving.
4. 24th Most Deadly Place for Pedestrians in the US: San Antonio also poses typical urban dangers for pedestrians, but multiple pedestrian fatalities (in unrelated accidents) on Halloween adds holidays and driving under the influence to the list of contributing factors.
Urban Areas are More Dangerous for Pedestrians:
According to these statistics, urban areas are a dangerous place to be a frequent pedestrian. All four of the “ranking” cities/metro areas listed above are hazardous places for people to walk, and they are share one common characteristic – they’re city centers. Busy metropolitans claim many pedestrian accidents and fatalities, so staying safe as a pedestrian in an urban area should be a prioritized concern.
How Pedestrians Can Stay Safe in Urban Areas:
- Avoid walking in unlit areas at night
- Pay attention to your surroundings
- Only cross the street in designated crosswalks
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney at Hudson Law Firm. We have experience representing pedestrian accident victims and understand the dangers faced by walkers in our urban areas. We’ll help you maximize your recovery by determining your best course of action. We put Personal back into Personal Injury Law.