After a long sedentary lifestyle, Texans are starting to embrace the concept of ongoing walking for exercise. More cities offer various trails throughout neighborhoods, in addition to sidewalks where residents may spend evenings taking a stroll around the neighborhood. People have additionally caught on to the new trend of fitness trackers, which promote healthy competitions with friends and coworkers to get to a set “goal” in the number of steps walked each day.
However, with the new influx of pedestrians unfortunately comes an increased number of car accidents involving pedestrians. Car drivers are not always as attuned to pedestrians as they should be, especially when they do not anticipate pedestrians on various city streets. If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
The number of pedestrian fatalities decreased from 2013 to 2014, a total of 486 throughout the state. Nearly 5,000 pedestrian accidents were reported in 2014 throughout the state, which represents an increase of nearly 10% from 2010. This is largely due to the increased number of people taking advantage of pedestrian options. More and more people are leaving their cars at home while they stretch their legs on good weather days.
However, along with this newfound love of walking comes the added risk of pedestrian accidents. Drivers continue to ignore anything that is smaller than a commuter vehicle, and often are not aware of the occasional pedestrian or bicyclist along the roadway. While Texas has increased awareness of pedestrians on the roadways through strict driving penalties, drivers continue to find distractions through smart phone use. A 5 second glance at a cell phone could cause a driver to miss a yield sign or miss a pedestrian who decided to cross the road, leading to a serious accident.
Pedestrian accidents can lead to devastating injuries for the pedestrian, dependent on the facts of the accident. The size and weight of the vehicle involved in the accident, as well as the vehicle’s speed will directly impact the severity of the pedestrian’s injuries.
As an injured pedestrian, you may face high medical and rehabilitation expenses, in addition to the prospect of weeks of missed work. The attorneys of Sadler and Sadler will assist you in drafting a claim for damages which will accurately represent the amount of your injuries after a pedestrian accident. You should not be saddled with the mounting medical expenses due to an accident which you did not cause.
If you or a loved one were the victim of a pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys of Sadler and Sadler. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience in assisting our clients with their recovery options after an injury has impacted their daily lives. Pedestrian accidents often involve a lengthy recovery period which could lead to ongoing medical issues. Contact our San Antonio office today for your initial free consultation.