Texas is in the top three in the nation for pedestrian fatalities. Hundreds are killed and many more are injured in Texas every year. Sadly, many of these accidents could have been avoided had drivers exercised reasonable caution. If you or someone you love was injured in a crosswalk or sidewalk accident, contact a San Antonio pedestrian accident attorney at Wyatt Law Firm today.
Wyatt Law Firm may be able to help. Call us at 210- 255-2231 or complete a free case evaluation form to learn more.
Texas pedestrian accident statistics
Below are statistics compiled from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as well as the Texas Department of Transportation -
- 485 pedestrians killed in Texas traffic accidents in 2013
- In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes (national)
- On average, pedestrians make up 14% of total traffic crash fatalities
- Two-thirds of pedestrian fatalities occur in busy urban areas
- The highest concentration of pedestrian fatalities take place on New Year's Day and Halloween
Who is at fault in a pedestrian accident?
In many cases, negligent drivers are to blame for pedestrian accidents. In other scenarios, poor highway or crosswalk design could be the culprit. Consider the following factors that often contribute to these accidents:
Pedestrian fatalities become more likely the higher the posted speed limit is. When cars are traveling at a high speed, or higher than the posted limit, they have little time to slow down and avoid a collision with a pedestrian.
Approximately 46% of pedestrian fatality accidents had some level of alcohol involvement. In some cases, that alcohol involvement was on the part of the pedestrian. Other times, it is the driver that was intoxicated.
Poorly Designed Intersections
Some intersections are dangerous by design, meaning that even when pedestrians and drivers are exercising a reasonable level of care, a pedestrian-vehicle crash can still occur.
Pedestrian hit-and-run accidents
Twenty percent of all traffic accidents that lead to pedestrian fatality are hit-and-run collisions. What can the plaintiff(s) do in these situations? First, investigators attempt to uncover the driver in a hit-and-run accident. If the responsible party is never found, a good attorney will attempt to find other areas you could potentially recover compensation.
Advocating for accident victims since 1990
Since 1990, Wyatt Law Firm's team of San Antonio injury lawyers has been representing accident victims to secure maximum financial compensation on their behalf. If you or someone you love was injured in a pedestrian accident, we invite you to contact our firm so that we can inform you of your legal rights and options. Wyatt Law Firm charges no fee to clients unless we secure a recovery, and offers free initial case evaluations. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you with your potential claim.
For a free consultation, contact us by calling 210-255-2231.