Austin is an exceptionally dangerous city for pedestrians.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
A February 2020 report indicates a four-year high for traffic deaths, and 41% of those are pedestrian fatalities. Almost half of those fatalities occurred on highways or service roads, both of which are extremely dangerous for pedestrians.
In the city’s Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, city officials outline that most fatalities occur on roads with speed limits of 45 MPH or higher. Street lighting improves outcomes. In the coming years, the city will implement traffic signal modifications and improve street lighting. More crashes happen during daytime hours, but those that occur after dark are more severe.
Some of the most dangerous intersections in Austin include:
- Interstate 35 and MLK Boulevard
- Lamar Boulevard and Parmer Lane
- U.S. 183 and Cameron Road
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Steps After an Accident
If you are hit by a vehicle, take these steps to get the care you need and protect yourself:
01 Call Emergency Services
Pedestrian accidents often cause severe injuries, and you must report the accident immediately.
02 Get the Medical Care You Need
Do not wait to seek medical care. The sooner you are checked out for injuries, the sooner you can begin treatment and possibly improve your prognosis.
03 Get the Driver's Contact and Insurance Information
While some drivers are apologetic and are quick to hand over contact information, others become aggressive and try to blame the accident on you. If the other party acts irrationally, get their contact information from the on-site police officer.
04 Trade Contact Information with Witnesses
People often stop to check on pedestrians hurt in accidents. Make sure to swap information with anyone who witnessed the accident.
05 Take Pictures
Get evidence of your injuries with photos and video footage.
06 Reach Out to an Attorney
An attorney can help you start building your case, get the medical attention you need, and begin seeking compensation.
Our goal is to help clients get as much compensation as they can after a pedestrian accident, whether that occurs through litigation or an insurance settlement.
When we meet with you for a free consultation, we will discuss multiple types of compensation, including:
- Medical bills and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
$850,000 for Pedestrian Who Was Hit by Truck, Lost Her Leg
$312,500 Awarded to Airport Accident Victim
Armored Car Wreck Victim Wins $230,000 Settlement
$115,000 to Passenger Hurt in Fort Worth Bus Accident
$112,500 Settlement in Underinsured Motorist Claim
Additional Information About Pedestrian Accidents
What You Need to Know About Pedestrian Accidents
Texas follows a modified comparative negligence rule. Under this law, the victim of an accident may still seek compensation from the other party, even if the victim was partially responsible for the accident. To receive compensation, you must be 50% or less at fault for the accident. Your percentage of fault will reduce your compensation accordingly.
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are often fatal. If a family member was killed in a pedestrian accident, reach out to our team. We will help you pursue damages through a wrongful death claim.
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