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Pedestrian safety must be a priority for everyone

Walking around in Houston is a great way to get from one point to another. There are some great walking paths and even bike paths that people can enjoy if they don't want to have to drive around in a vehicle. Many neighborhoods, and even downtown, have great walkways, which means that pedestrians have plenty of opportunities to remain safer than the always dangerous roadways.

With so many pedestrians enjoying the lovely weather Houston has to offer all year long, everyone must work together to ensure that people who are walking and bicycling remain safe.

A widespread problem

Around the United States, pedestrians don't always get the respect they deserve. The high prevalence of accidents involving people who are on foot shows this. There is one pedestrian injured in an accident every seven minutes and one killed every two hours in this country.

The issue that leads to many crashes involving people walking is that drivers tend to think that pedestrians don't have any right of way because people are so much smaller than vehicles. This isn't at all the case. Pedestrians do have the right of way when they are crossing the road at a crosswalk. Even then, the pedestrian might still have to yield to a vehicle that is coming up too fast to stop in time to avoid hitting the person.

Distractions, fatigue and intoxication can kill

Drivers who aren't keeping their mind on the road can kill or injure people who aren't in vehicles. When you are driving anywhere, especially in a metropolis like Houston, you need to be aware of everything that is going on around you.

Too many drivers try to do other things while they drive. This might include eating, texting or any other activities that take their mind or eyes off the road. The same is true about drivers who think they can drive after drinking alcohol and those who drive when they are suffering from fatigue. Pedestrians who are distracted, fatigued or intoxicated can also cause accidents.

Pedestrian accidents are often serious

When you think about the structure of the vehicle, the size, and the speed, you can understand why a fragile human would likely suffer an injury if they are struck. In almost every case, a pedestrian who is hit by a car will need medical care. This might be a quick evaluation or it could be the first event in a lengthy medical journey that impacts the victim's life in every area.

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