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Auto-pedestrian accident statistics and safety tips

Many Texas residents enjoy walking rather than driving or taking a bus. While using sidewalks and crosswalks, it's important that pedestrians use caution around cars, trucks and motorcycles. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable people on the road, and around 430 pedestrians are treated at the emergency room every day for traffic accident injuries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 4,735 pedestrians killed in traffic accidents and over 156,000 pedestrians injured in 2013. Most pedestrians who die in traffic accidents are male. Though the majority of pedestrians who are treated for nonfatal traffic accident injuries are between the ages of 15 and 29, the likelihood of dying in a pedestrian traffic accident tends to increase with age. About 34 percent of the pedestrians killed in 2013 had alcohol in their blood stream.

Pedestrians can avoid being struck by vehicles by always using sidewalks and designated crosswalks. When there is no sidewalk available, pedestrians should walk on the shoulder facing traffic. Wearing reflective clothing and carrying flashlights are some of the ways that pedestrians can increase their visibility after dark. While they are walking around traffic, pedestrians should refrain from using electronic devices.

A pedestrian who had the right of way but who was injured in a knockdown caused by a distracted driver can often face months of expensive medical treatment. The rehabilitation period may be even longer, precluding the ability to return to work. A personal injury attorney may first try to negotiate a settlement with the motorist's insurance carrier. If the amount offered is insufficient to cover past and anticipated future expenses, however, a lawsuit might be in order.

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