A 46-year-old man died when he was hit by a driver who ran a red light in downtown Austin. The crash happened at the intersection of San Jacinto Boulevard and 15th Street at around 10 a.m., reports KXAN.
According to the Department of Public Safety, the Honda Accord that ran the red light was hit by a FedEx truck, and the Accord subsequently crashed into pedestrian John Walker Martin. Emergency medical responders rushed Martin to UMC Brackenridge, but he later died from his injuries
This story is a tragic reminder that pedestrian accidents are likely to end with serious injuries or death. If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a pedestrian crash, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm.
Luke Dow is a board-certified personal-injury attorney in Austin who will help you claim the maximum compensation for medical expenses, lost income and non-economic damages. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a free initial consultation.
7 Tips to Help Pedestrians Avoid Accidents
The city of Austin has gone to great lengths to keep its pedestrians and bicyclists safe. Walking and bicycle paths run adjacent to the busiest streets in downtown, but as demonstrated by the recent fatal crash, all it takes is one negligent driver to cause a tragedy.
Sadly, pedestrian accidents are deplorably common in the United States. In 2013, one pedestrian died every two hours in motor-vehicle accidents. Every eight minutes, a pedestrian suffered an injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Here are seven tips to help you avoid becoming a statistic:
- Always make eye contact with drivers before you enter the road;
- Glance left, right and left again before you enter the road – and continue looking left and right while you cross;
- Only cross the road at intersections;
- Wear bright clothing with reflective tape or a reflective vest;
- Do not assume that drivers will yield for you;
- If you jog, try to use routes with sidewalks and avoid roads with heavy traffic; and
- Be cautious when you walk near alleyway entrances and driveways.
The vast majority of pedestrian crashes are entirely avoidable if drivers behave responsibly. Here are five tips to help motorists avoid pedestrian accidents:
- Turn on your headlights when driving at night and in adverse weather;
- Reduce your speed when driving in residential areas, and near parks and schools;
- When passing a bicyclist, leave 3 feet of space between your vehicle and the biker;
- Be careful when exiting and entering alleyways and driveways; and
- Never drive after consuming alcohol.