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Austin Injury Attorney Offers 5 Safety Tips for Pedestrians in Texas

By Luke Dow on March 14, 2016

Pedestrian accidents often end with serious injuries or even death. Bicyclists and walkers do not have the protection of an enclosed vehicle, and the impact can cause fractures, penetration injuries, brain trauma and worse.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4,735 pedestrians died in motor-vehicle accidents in 2013. At least 150,000 more required medical treatment for injuries.

In Texas, pedestrians have the right of way on crosswalks, but drivers are not always vigilant. If you were injured by a negligent motorist in Texas, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm.

Luke Dow is a personal-injury lawyer in Austin who can assess your case to determine if you may have a legitimate claim. As the victim of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for medical bills and lost wages.

Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation. You can also visit http://accident.usattorneys.com/texas/ to learn more about injury claims in Texas.

Here are five safety tips that may save your life as a pedestrian on Texas roads:

  1. Cross Properly
Pedestrians must abide by rules when crossing at marked crosswalks and intersections. Before stepping off the sidewalk, glance left, right and then left again. Do not assume that you are safe from distracted drivers and oncoming traffic – even if you have the right of way. Cross only when it is safe to do so.
  1. Look into the Driver’s Eyes
Cell phones, passengers, children fighting in the back seat and other distractions in a vehicle can put you in danger, as the Federal Communications Commission explains. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the road. This will let you know if the driver is paying attention.
  1. Make Yourself Visible
The majority of pedestrian accidents occur at night. People cannot see well in the dark, so you should wear bright colors and reflective clothing. With the right apparel, streetlights, car headlights and even moonlight will make you more visible to others on the road.
  1. Avoid Risky Situations
Pedestrians should take every opportunity to avoid high-risk situations. Try to take a scenic route rather than walking along a busy road. If you need to cross, do so at intersections that tend to be less busy.
  1. Avoid Distractions
Far too many pedestrian accidents happen because somebody is texting while they cross the road. This is a careless behavior that can have fatal consequences. You should also avoid wearing headphones because your sense of hearing may alert you to an oncoming vehicle and improve your reaction time.

If you were injured by a reckless or negligent driver in Texas, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Mr. Dow is an Austin injury attorney who can handle the legal side of your lawsuit so you can focus on recovery. He is board-certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

 

 

 

 

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