The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that in 2012, the year for which the most recent data is available, more than 4,700 pedestrians were killed as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Our team at Grimes & Fertitta, P.C., has seen the devastating effects that a car vs. pedestrian incident can have. In the Department of Transportation report, Texas was the state with the second highest amount of such fatalities. With that in mind, we urge motorists and those on foot to follow the proper precautions to prevent an accident.
The National Traffic Highway and Safety Administration points out the following regarding the circumstances involved in a fatal pedestrian accident:
- Seventy percent of the fatalities happened at non-intersections.
- The majority of incidents occurred in an urban setting.
- Seventy percent of the accidents took place between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.
These findings point to some obvious safety tips. For example, people on foot should always use crosswalks when crossing the street and walk along sidewalks or paths rather than in the road. The NTHSA advises that when a path is not available, a pedestrian should walk along the shoulder and avoid using distractions such as smartphones or music players. People on foot can also increase visibility by wearing brightly colored clothing.
Motorists have a responsibility to protect pedestrians as well, remaining especially vigilant during low-visibility conditions at night and during inclement weather. A driver should always stop for people in crosswalks and avoid passing vehicles that are stopped at a crosswalk.
For more information on how incidents such as fatal pedestrian accidents happen, please visit our page on auto accidents.