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A closer look at child pedestrian accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over one out of every five children who were between the ages of 5 years old and 15 years old who died in a traffic accident in 2012 were a pedestrian. In Houston, Texas, and across the United States, pedestrian accidents are a very serious problem, especially when it comes to children. To make matters worse, some people do not understand just how many children are injured or killed in pedestrian accidents each year and some drivers fail to pay proper attention to child pedestrians on the road.

Pedestrian accident concerns and statistics for elderly adults

Cities like Houston and other metropolitan areas across the country are making efforts to improve pedestrian zones and access areas in hopes that such measures will help everything from tourism to public safety. Unfortunately, however, there is evidence to suggest that one demographic of pedestrian is becoming increasingly vulnerable to serious and fatal traffic accidents. That is why it is important for motorists and pedestrians alike to recognize the fact that elderly Americans are at serious risk of being struck by vehicles on the road.

Houston cyclists, pedestrians face greater risks now than in 2010

No matter who is at fault in a pedestrian accident, it is likely that the person on foot or on a bike will suffer the worse consequences from the incident. In Houston and across the country, many motor vehicle drivers fail to share the road or yield to pedestrians, causing serious injury or even death. Unfortunately, recent data shows that these incidents are on the rise.

Hit-and-run driver seriously injures Texas pedestrian

Crosswalks exist to give pedestrians a safe space to navigate streets. People on foot in Texas should be able to use these paths without the fear of getting struck by a vehicle. Unfortunately, inattentive and irresponsible drivers sometimes ignore the rules of the road and strike pedestrians, which can lead to serious injury. A recent incident in Houston reminds us of what can happen when a vehicle strikes a person.

Preventing pedestrian accidents in Texas

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.

Texas hit-and-run laws and guidelines

Being involved in any kind of pedestrian accident with a vehicle can result in serious and even fatal injuries. And unfortunately for too many accident victims across the state of Texas, the severity of their injuries is compounded by the fact that they are left unattended at the incident site because the driver in the collision has fled the scene. Recently enacted Texas state statutes strictly prohibit hit-and-run collisions, increasing the penalties associated with these types of traffic offenses.

Is my child safe using the crosswalk on her own?

An important aspect of parenting is teaching children to be responsible and self-reliant. And while you, like so many other parents across the state of Texas, may be at the point where you are considering giving your kids more freedom, you likely have very real and valid concerns for their safety. Allowing kids to walk to and from school and other nearby destinations can go a long way to boost their sense of independence and confidence, but it is important for you to be aware of the many safety hazards they can confront along the way so that you can promote child-specific pedestrian safety efforts at all times.

Texas pedestrian accident claims two lives

Although accidents can be dangerous for anyone on the road, pedestrians face an especially high risk of serious injuries and death when they are hit by a vehicle. In Houston, Texas, these tragedies continue to result in deaths that could have been prevented and occur for a variety of reasons, such as a drunk driver or a negligent driver's failure to yield. When someone is involved in a pedestrian accident, they may be unsure of which steps to take afterward. However, it is crucial for them to focus on recovering from the accident in every possible way.

How can pedestrians try to stay safe?

Whether they want to want to save gas, get exercise or simply do not have access to a vehicle or public transportation, there are all sorts of reasons why pedestrians take to the road every day. Sadly, in Houston and other Texas cities, pedestrian accidents take place far too often, sometimes resulting in serious injuries and even fatalities. However, there are a number of things that pedestrians can do minimize the likelihood of being struck by a vehicle and it is important for every pedestrian and driver to be aware of the risks and try to prevent another tragic accident from occurring.

Texas man passes away in pedestrian accident

When a pedestrian is hit by a drunk or distracted driver, the consequences can be devastating. Even if they are able to survive the accident, they could struggle with serious injuries, emotional trauma and financial hardships (medical expenses, lost wages, etc.). In Houston, Texas, victims of an auto-pedestrian accident must hold negligent drivers accountable and take action immediately. Although a pedestrian accident can be incredibly difficult to recover from, victims may have a number of options available which can help them move forward.

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