Did you know that one pedestrian is killed every 113 minutes? And many of those die from their injuries – six percent, in fact - predominantly from traumatic head injuries. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that road/traffic injuries are a major public health threat, and they estimate that 1.2 million people are killed and 50 million injured worldwide every year as a result. Of those injured, pedestrians account for nearly 40% of all fatalities in some countries.
There are many costs involved in pedestrian accidents. The WHO reports that one third of all costs involved in pedestrian accidents are related to lost household and work productivity. Other costs include:
- Medical costs
- Lost productivity
- Emergency and hospital services
- Property damage
- Legal and court costs
There are also costs involved in the treatment of long-term and chronic injuries such as chronic psychiatric conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, major depressive episode and traumatic brain injuries that result from the accident.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) reports that the majority of pedestrian accidents in Texas happen when pedestrians walk in the roadway. Texas law require drivers to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks, but being ever vigilant when walking is advisable for anyone attempting to cross any street. The TDOT provides the following advice to pedestrians:
- Cross only at intersections and crosswalks
- Look left, then right, then left again before entering the roadway
- Stay to the right of the crosswalk
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing
- Be aware of traffic when stepping from a bus or from behind parked cars
- As a passenger, always exit on the curb side of the street when exiting a vehicle
The TDOT further advises that crossing at intersections and crosswalks provides greater visibility and improved driver awareness of pedestrians. Texas law prohibits walking in the roadway or on a bike lane if there is a sidewalk available, and pedestrians are required to walk on the left side of the road facing oncoming traffic when a sidewalk is not available. If a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle while failing to observe pedestrian law, the driver of the vehicle may not be legally liable for their injuries and their insurance may not have to pay for damages.
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If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, the experienced attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help you get the medical treatment you need and the compensation that you deserve. We deal with insurance companies every day and we know how to negotiate with them. We have successfully represented many victims of pedestrian accidents and we can help you too. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free, no-fee consultation.