Pedestrians at high risk of injury in Dallas car accidents this spring

by admin on December 15, 2011

in Car Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents

Spring has arrived so motorists are advised to be on alert for pedestrians as they hit the ground running to enjoy a little sunshine and warmer weather. The U.S. Department of Transportationreported that pedestrians accounted for 12 percent of total traffic fatalities nationally in 2009. Pedestrian accidents in Dallas are a common threat through the spring and summer months.

Texas reported more fatal pedestrian accidents last year than any state in the nation except California and Florida.

The Dallas Morning News recently reported about the death of a 57-year-old pedestrian killed while attempting to cross the street in South Dallas. Late at night, the pedestrian began to step off the median when he spotted a speeding vehicle switching lanes toward the median. The pedestrian stepped back on the median but was struck by the vehicle when the driver lost control and drove onto the cemented center strip. The victim was transported to Baylor University Medical Center where he died later that evening.

Texas reported 344 pedestrian fatalities in 2009, according to theNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Dallas County ranked near the top in traffic fatalities in 2009, and is considered one of the more dangerous counties to live in. In 2009, Dallas County reported 31 pedestrian fatalities, 31 intersection-related fatalities, and 73 fatalities in crashes involving a speeding vehicle.

Motorists are reminded of the following safety tips to avoid hitting a pedestrian this spring:

-Never speed on city streets with minimal speed zones. Streets with a 25 mph, 30 mph or 35 mph speed limit are posted at that speed for a reason and should be obeyed at all times.

-Warm weather fills streets populated with pedestrians so always be on alert, especially when small children are present. School zones, parks, or ball fields are potentially dangerous areas where children can appear from nowhere.

-Focus on the road at all times by not allowing yourself to become distracted by a cell phone, fumbling with radio or GPS dials, eating, or talking to other passengers in the vehicle.

Pedestrians are reminded of the following safety tips to avoid being hit by a motor vehicle:

-Pay attention. Keep your head up and your eyes on the events going on around you, especially when walking near the road.

-Always use a sidewalk or crosswalk when one is available.

-Look left, then right, then left again before stepping onto a street.

-Always have a cell phone and ID on your person when walking. During nighttime hours it is recommended to bring a flashlight or wear bright clothing.

-When walking with small children, grab their hand and have them walk next to you.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, contact a Carollton injury lawyer at The Goolsby Law Firm. Dedicated to helping victims in Carrollton, Dallas or the surrounding areas, call us at 1-972-394-2141 to make a free appointment to discuss your rights.

Leave a Comment