HOUSTON PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYERS
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Road safety involves the safety of all who share the road. This includes motor vehicles and pedestrians. Pedestrians do not have any method to shield them from being stuck by a vehicle. Due to this, pedestrians are the most vulnerable group in road safety. To protect pedestrians, cities created crosswalks. These areas are so that pedestrians can cross the street without being hurt. Even with crosswalks, pedestrians are still hurt from auto accidents. The main question is why?
WHAT CAUSES PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, a pedestrian was killed every 88 minutes in traffic crashes in 2017 and accidents usually happen at darker periods of time, most between 6 pm and 9 pm, and occurs mostly in urban areas.
COMMON CAUSES OF PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS
Pedestrian accidents occur mostly due to the negligence of drivers of motor vehicles. When motor vehicles drive into an intersection, they usually do not look out for pedestrians. This could be due to:
Drivers that are on their cellphone are the most distracted drivers. Motorists who drive distracted take the focus off the road and on to something else. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that the main types of distracted driving are visual, manual, and cognitive distractions. Eating, drinking, using the phone while driving, texting while driving, having a conversation with someone in the car, using the navigation system are examples of being distracted. The CDC reports that texting while driving is the most dangerous distraction because it combines all three types of distraction. It takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. However, a fatal accident can happen in 5 seconds.
Driving under the Influence
Pedestrian accidents occur when drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Driving under the influence affects the ability to clearly look at surroundings and play a huge factor in pedestrian accidents.
When drivers drive over the speed limit, this can affect stopping time needed to safely stop and can cause serious or fatal injury. Speeding can be caused by other factors such as driving under the influence, negligence, or horseplay. In any case, it can cause a dangerous hazard to pedestrians as well as other motorists.
Failing to Yield to Pedestrians
Pedestrian accidents happen when drivers fail to yield the road to pedestrians in protected areas such as designated crosswalks. It is the most common cause of motor vehicle accidents. Drivers should take precautions to yield to a pedestrian crossing the intersection or a crosswalk. Drivers should also yield to pedestrians at a pedestrian crossing sign. A pedestrian accident can range from minor to fatal depending on how fast the car was traveling. Treatment for accidents involving pedestrians can be debilitating and most require long term care.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT?
Accidents can leave you shaken. As such, many do not know what to do after experience one. Tran Law Group recommends swift action after you were involved an accident to fully recuperate your full compensation.
Call 911 so that local law enforcement and EMS services arrive to the scene.
Take pictures of the scene of the accident as well as all vehicles involved in the accident if possible.
Make sure to receive information of the other drivers as well as any incident numbers from the police who are investigating the scene. Information may include names, address, phone numbers, insurance information of the other drivers as well as identification.
If anyone witnessed the accident, be sure to collect the name, address, and phone number of each witnesses.
Seek medical care following the accident either at the local hospital, urgent care, or a physician.
Call Tran Law Group so that our Houston Pedestrian Accident Lawyers and staff can help with any and all insurance companies involved in the accident.
TRAN LAW GROUP CAN HELP
We at Tran Law know how traumatic accidents can be. Most accidents involving a pedestrian and a motor vehicle can result in many injuries such as:
Broken bones (common areas are legs, arms, ribs, hips, shoulders)
Loss of Limbs
Victims of pedestrian accidents can suffer serious injuries when involved with a motor vehicle no matter how fast a vehicle was traveling at. Let the premiere Houston Pedestrian Accident Lawyers get you the help you need. Contact our office at 713-789-5200 today for a free consultation!