Pedestrian Accidents Keep Rising. Know Your Rights.

Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Texas, and the risk continues to grow. Here at Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson, LLP, we know how dire a pedestrian accident can become because pedestrians have no protection and face very high risks. Even at low speeds, fatal crashes and serious injuries happen all too frequently.

For instance, one study found that when a car is traveling at 20 miles per hour, the odds of a deadly auto-pedestrian accident are just 5%. With a small increase to 30 miles per hour – something many drivers barely notice – the fatality risk increases to 45%. At 40 miles per hour, the odds of a fatality rise to 85%.

Reasons For Fatal Pedestrian Accidents

Why are pedestrians in more danger each year in Austin, Texas? Why do pedestrians account for a mere 10.9% of traffic but constitute 18% of traffic related fatalities? The reasons vary, but they can include:

  • Distracted driving: While texting and driving or looking at a GPS, motorists simply fail to see pedestrians who are legally crossing the road.
  • Turning: A driver who is turning may have a green light at the same time that a pedestrian has a walk signal. Remember, pedestrians have the right of way. This is true even in unmarked crosswalks.
  • Focusing on other cars: Many drivers so intently focus on avoiding accidents with other vehicles that they don't look for pedestrians at all.
  • Drunk driving: While under the influence, a driver's cognitive abilities suffer enough impairment that they do not see pedestrians or leave the roadway and strike people on nearby sidewalks. Alcohol and cars never mix.
  • Running lights and stop signs: Many drivers who fail to follow traffic controls are speeding, distracted, or under the influence.
  • Rushing: Drivers are in a hurry. They don't want to wait for pedestrians to cross the road and attempt to cut between them or in front of them. In general, rushing can make a driver less attentive to their surroundings.

In seconds, an afternoon jog or a night out to dinner with friends and family can turn deadly. It would seem, that with new technology and new laws on the books, pedestrians should be getting safer. Unfortunately, the statistics tell the real story. The risk continues to rise. Those who are hit and the family members of those who are killed must know their legal rights.

Fighting For You

As the oldest Plaintiff's personal injury law firm in Austin, Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson, LLP, has built a tradition of success in handling the most complex and high-stakes cases. Since 1959, our attorneys have achieved results for our clients through hard work and zealous advocacy in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. Honesty, integrity, and excellence are our hallmarks. We take pride in providing our clients with great communication, attention to detail, and first-class legal representation.

Fighting For You

Our firm has earned a respected reputation over our years in the courtroom. Our attorneys always fight for your rights. We reject unfair settlements. We understand the real economic impact. We put our clients first, and we know how much these cases mean to them.

We've been doing this since 1959, and our experience plays a huge role in every case. If drivers are going to keep putting people in danger, we're going to keep fighting for justice. We do so with honesty, integrity and an endless commitment to excellence.

Call Us Today

Would you like to speak to an experienced lawyer regarding a pedestrian accident? We're happy to provide you with a completely free consultation. There's no obligation to work with us. Just give us a call to learn more about your rights and legal options. Let us help you move forward.

You can either call our office at 512-593-7650 or contact us online.