Walking is a great way to explore and get around Austin. But it only takes one mistake by an inattentive or negligent driver to turn a pleasant stroll into an ongoing nightmare. Pedestrians here in Austin, throughout Texas, and across the country are hurt or killed in traffic accidents at a shocking rate.
While other traffic injuries and fatalities have decreased in recent years, pedestrian deaths are actually on the rise. The Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that 6,000 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in 2017 – a 33-year high. Hundreds of thousands more are seriously injured in pedestrian incidents every year. In Austin, 23 pedestrians lost their lives in 2017, making up almost 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in the city.
When a pedestrian is injured or dies because of a driver’s negligence or reckless conduct, those responsible can and should be held accountable. At Sandoval James, PLLC, our Austin pedestrian accident attorneys provide critical help for individuals and families who are suffering simply because they were out for a walk.
Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
Cars and pedestrians have coexisted for over a century, resulting in accidents between them. But as cars became faster and roads became larger and more crowded, as drivers and pedestrians alike faced more distractions from smartphones and other technology, the number and severity of these incidents have grown.
Many of the same irresponsible acts that lead to car accidents play a role in crashes involving pedestrians, including:
- Distracted driving.
- Drunk driving.
- Failure to stop or yield the right of way.
- Failure to compensate for poor weather or other road conditions.
- Left–hand turns, where drivers may not see crossing pedestrians as they focus on oncoming traffic.
- Backing–up suddenly or inattentively in parking lots, driveways, and other areas where pedestrian traffic is common.
While most pedestrian accidents and injuries are the fault of negligent drivers, a pedestrian’s negligence can also cause a tragic collision. If a pedestrian fails to cross the street at a designated crosswalk, is staring at a phone instead of paying attention to traffic, or otherwise disregards traffic and safety rules, drivers may need to take sudden and unexpected evasive action that can lead to a collision with other vehicles, pedestrians, or objects.
How We Help Austin Pedestrian Accident Victims
If you are living with injuries from an Austin pedestrian accident, or have lost someone you love because of another person’s negligence, contacting an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible can be an important first step towards obtaining the compensation that can ease your financial, physical, and practical burdens.
As committed advocates for pedestrian accident injury victims in Austin and across Texas, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sandoval James are relentless in our pursuit of compensation from negligent drivers and others responsible for pedestrian accidents. We understand how difficult things can be in the days, weeks, and months after a severe injury. We will be by your side at all times as we work tirelessly to help you rebuild your life.
Contact Sandoval James Today for Your Free Initial Consultation
At Sandoval James, we help pedestrian accident victims like you get back on your feet. To arrange for your free initial consultation with one of our Austin pedestrian accident lawyers, call us today at 512-382-7707 or contact us online.