Everyday, millions of people walk to school, work, or other locations, but this activity can be dangerous if pedestrians are involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,735 pedestrians were killed in auto-pedestrian accidents in 2013. Unfortunately for pedestrians, this number has been steadily rising for several years.
Even traveling at slow speeds, cars can cause catastrophic injuries to pedestrians because of their large size and huge weight. Pedestrians can suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spine and neck injuries, broken bones, lacerations, and even death.
How Do Auto-Pedestrian Accidents Happen?
For a variety of reasons, some drivers decide to ignore laws and rules of the road that help keep pedestrians safe. Some negligent driving behaviors that can contribute to auto-pedestrian accidents include:
- Failing to yield to crossing pedestrians
- Failing to check when reversing out of a parking space
- Turning right at a stoplight without looking for pedestrians
- Speeding in residential areas or school zones
- Failing to obey traffic signs and signals
- Driving distracted
- Driving under the influence
Who Is Most At Risk?
While anyone can be injured in an auto-pedestrian accident, the elderly and children are particularly vulnerable. Because the elderly are often unable to move quickly out of the way, they account for a larger number of auto pedestrian accident injuries and fatalities than other adults. For children, their small size can make them difficult to see on the road or in the driver’s mirrors. Additionally, children are usually much less familiar with traffic rules and pedestrian safety.
It might be hard to imagine that drivers could be so careless, but auto-pedestrian accidents injure thousands of people each year. However, when the accident is caused by a driver’s negligence, the victim has a right to seek compensation.
Houston Auto-Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Auto-pedestrian accidents can be devastating for victims and their families physically, emotionally, and financially, but the attorneys of Blizzard & Nabers LLP can help you seek the compensation that you deserve. Our attorneys can help determine if a settlement offer is fair or fight for your rightful compensation. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.