We need to take a long, hard look at why Houston ranks so poorly and find out what we can do to make sure pedestrian accidents don’t happen in the first place.
Houston, Texas (PRWEB) October 10, 2013
A new article on the blog for The Law Office of Kevin Krist, “Are Houston Pedestrians Safe?” calls attention to statistics showing that Houston ranks low among cities when it comes to pedestrian safety.
The blog points out that Houston ranks 41st out of 51 major cities in pedestrian safety, according to the Houston Chronicle in a Sept. 12 article entitled “Pedestrians are no match for Houston's mean streets.”
“We need to take a long, hard look at why Houston ranks so poorly and find out what we can do to make sure pedestrian accidents don’t happen in the first place,” said Houston personal injury attorney Kevin Krist of The Law Office of Kevin Krist, which represents victims of pedestrian accidents. “Residents of Southeast Texas should feel safe when walking for enjoyment, exercise or simply for transportation,” he said.
“Pedestrians do have a responsibility to watch for vehicles, but careless drivers need to be held responsible when their negligence causes an accident,” Krist added.
Houston residents are seeking solutions, asking the city council to open streets to pedestrians once a week. Complete Streets is another effort asking the city to pay closer attention to pedestrian and bicyclist needs when designing roads.
The blog article cites an analysis by the Houston Chronicle that found only 17 percent of drivers involved in 174 fatal pedestrian accidents were prosecuted in Houston in a three-and-half-year period. It also recounts a harrowing personal story told in the newspaper about a car hitting a woman while she crossed a Houston street.
The blog states, “Some say the problem is that people who hit pedestrians aren’t held accountable here.”
In Texas alone, 345 pedestrians lost their lives in 2010, making up 11.5 percent of all traffic-related deaths that year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The law firm’s website provides more information about pedestrian accident lawsuits and how injured pedestrians may be able to recover compensation under the law.
Krist advised those injured in a pedestrian accident that it is important to speak with an attorney who has experience in this area.
“At The Law Office of Kevin Krist, we put our personal, proven experience to work for victims of pedestrian accidents and other crashes in Houston and throughout Southeast Texas so they can get the compensation they deserve,” he said.
About The Law Office of Kevin Krist
The Law Office of Kevin Krist is a Houston personal injury law firm dedicated to protecting Southeast Texas residents who have suffered catastrophic injuries in serious and tragic accidents. For more than 25 years, the firm has represented clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims involving auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, business litigation, catastrophic injury, defective products, explosion or burn injuries, maritime injuries, medical malpractice, spinal injury, traumatic brain injury and workplace accidents. The firm serves accident and injury victims throughout Houston, Harris County, Pasadena, Katy, Baytown, League City and surrounding areas. The firm’s office is located at 3401 Allen Parkway, Suite 102, Houston, TX 77019. To learn more about The Law Office of Kevin Krist, call (281) 677-3959 or use the firm’s online contact form.