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Why is the number of Texas auto-pedestrian accidents rising?

In 2010, the Texas Department of Transportation started keeping records on how many people were killed in the state in auto-pedestrian accidents. Since that time, the number of people killed has risen 36 percent. The number of people killed in all traffic fatalities has also risen -- 15 percent since 2010. These increases are not inline with national numbers, which have either remained the same or fallen.

Why has the number of fatal auto-pedestrian accident risen so much in such a short period of time? According to an Insurance Council of Texas spokesman, it's due to distracted driving and a stronger economy. He also said, "More drivers on our roadways and more pedestrians crossing streets eventually lead to more people getting hurt."

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System more people say they are walking to work because they live downtown and because they use walking as a form of exercise. National figures from the reporting system find that for every three pedestrians, one is considered legally intoxicated, with a blood alcohol content of .08. In addition, most of the people killed were male -- 69 percent.

In order to prevent auto-pedestrian accidents, the spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas said that pedestrians should not assume a driver will slow down or see you. In addition, he said that pedestrians need to avoid crossing major highways.

Victims of auto-pedestrian accidents and their families may have legal recourse for compensation. Damages may include those for pain and suffering, loss of wages, final expenses, medical expenses and more. A lawyer can provide more information on how to proceed with claims for compensation.

Source: Insurance Journal, "Fatal Auto Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise in Texas," Dec. 22, 2015

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