Drivers need to understand that their actions have consequences. If you run a red light or take your eyes off the road to look at a text message or engage in some other form of distraction, you are increasing the chance of a pedestrian accident.
Dallas, TX (PRWEB) April 03, 2014
While pedestrian fatalities decreased nationwide during the first half of 2013, pedestrian fatalities in Texas increased during the same time period, according to a Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report. Texas personal injury lawyer Jason Stephens of Stephens Anderson & Cummings, LLP, said he hopes the report serves as a call to action for drivers to remain alert and cautious, especially around pedestrians.
Stephens expressed his comments in response to an announcement from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) on March 5, 2014, about the decrease in pedestrian fatalities nationwide in 2013.
“These findings should serve as a wake-up call for pedestrians and drivers throughout Texas,” Stephens said. “Drivers need to understand that their actions have consequences. If you run a red light or take your eyes off the road to look at a text message or engage in some other form of distraction, you are increasing the chance of a pedestrian accident. As experienced attorneys, we have handled many pedestrian accident cases over the years. They are some of the most serious cases we handle because pedestrians typically suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. We hope the state does more to tackle this problem. But regardless of what the state does in the future, drivers can do their part right now to avoid such accidents by remaining alert and free of distractions.”
The Governors Highway Safety Administration’s recent report focused on the first six months of 2013 compared to the same time period in 2012. Specifically, the number of pedestrian deaths between January and June 2013 was 1,985 deaths nationwide, a decrease of 190 deaths or 8.7 percent compared to 2,175 deaths during the same time period in 2012.
As for Texas, there were 245 pedestrian fatalities during the first six months of 2013, an increase of 9.8 percent or 22 fatalities compared to the same time period in 2012, when there were 223 pedestrian fatalities in Texas, according to the GHSA statistics. Texas’ figures for 2013 put the state in first place for traffic fatalities nationwide. California was second with 244 pedestrian fatalities, according to the GHSA.
Florida experienced the largest decline in pedestrian deaths in 2013. That year, during the first six months, 179 people died in pedestrian accidents, a decrease of 23.5 percent or 55 deaths compared to pedestrian fatalities during the first six months of 2012, when 234 pedestrian fatalities took place in Florida, according to the GHSA.
The GHSA did not offer an explanation as to why pedestrian fatalities increased so dramatically in Texas in 2013. Dallas pedestrian accident attorney Seth Anderson of Stephens Anderson & Cummings, LLP, said drivers should be cautious at all times, especially when approaching intersections or crosswalks.
“Too many times, a driver forgets that a pedestrian has a right to be in a crosswalk,” Anderson said. “If you approach a crosswalk, slow down and be prepared to stop. Sometimes it can be difficult to see a pedestrian. But that doesn’t mean drivers should drop their guard elsewhere. Keep in mind that pedestrians might be crossing the road where there is no sidewalk. That’s why it’s important to avoid distractions or driving while impaired at all times. Too much is at stake.”
For more information about pedestrian accidents in Texas and the legal options available to injury victims and their families in Texas, call (877) 920-9009 or complete the online contact form.
The Governors Highway Safety Association report cited is “New Report: Reversal in Three-Year Uptick in Pedestrian Fatalities.”
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Serving clients in Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma City and throughout Texas and Oklahoma, the personal injury law firm of Stephens Anderson & Cummings, LLP has a strong track record for winning a wide range of legal cases. From auto accidents to construction accidents, attorneys Jason Stephens, Seth Anderson and John Cummings also handle truck accidents, oil and gas well accidents, sexual abuse and wrongful death cases. Stephens Anderson & Cummings provides a free case analysis to all potential clients. The law firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means clients only pay if we win their case.
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