As the fall weather arrives, you might be taking advantage of the cooler weather and walking around the streets of Austin. But be careful as you walk and enjoy the fall scenery, because the Texas Department of Transportation states that 5,000 pedestrians were hit last year resulting in nearly 3,000 serious injuries and 481 deaths. To help protect you and your loved ones, here are four tips on how to avoid pedestrian accidents.
- Keep looking both ways while crossing the street: You were taught to look both ways before crossing the street, but it’s also important to keep looking while you are crossing the road. Cars might unexpectedly pop up while you are crossing, so it’s important to be on the alert and observant while crossing the street.
- Only cross at designated crosswalks: If you don’t see a designated crosswalk, just keep walking until you find one. If you decide to jaywalk and are hit by a car, the driver is not at fault since you weren’t crossing at a crosswalk. It’s better to spend a little more time finding a safe place to cross to avoid injuring yourself or others.
- Try to wear bright or reflective clothing: One of the most common reasons for pedestrian accidents is that the driver didn’t see the pedestrian. Especially if you are walking at night, make sure you wear bright colors that can make you more visible to drivers, or carry a flashlight or wear a headlamp.
- Walk facing traffic: Even if you have a large sidewalk to walk on, it’s important to walk facing traffic when walking near a roadway. Never assume that a driver sees you, and try to make eye contact with drivers to ensure that they know you are there.
Even if you do your best to avoid a pedestrian accident, you can still be hit. If you or a loved one were a victim of a Texas pedestrian accident, you deserve justice and compensation for your physical and emotional turmoil. Contact the Texas pedestrian accident attorneys at the Kyle Law Firm today and set-up your free, no-obligation consultation.