Maybe it’s because of the wonderful Texas weather that makes us want to enjoy the outdoors, but whatever the reason, the fact is that Texas ranks high for the number of pedestrian accidents that occur every year in the U.S.
You can’t always count on drivers to look out for pedestrians on Texas roadways; here are some tips that can help you avoid being a Texas pedestrian accident statistic:
Be visible. Wear bright clothing while walking and reflective clothing if you are walking at night. Stay off the roads and on sidewalks or grassy areas adjacent to the roadway to avoid being a target.
Use pedestrian-friendly areas. If you are walking for exercise, use walking trails and tracks instead of roads.
Stay alert. Don’t talk on your cell phone or listen to music while walking; being distracted while you are walking severely curtails your ability to react to a potential accident. You are also more likely not to notice obstacles in your path, which could injure you as well.
Use crosswalks. Drivers expect pedestrians to either be in a crosswalk or on the sidewalk; if you cross outside a crosswalk, drivers may not be looking out for you.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, the experienced personal injury legal team at Roberts & Roberts is here to help with compassionate, aggressive representation. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.
Justin is an attorney at Roberts & Roberts and focuses his practice on mass tort litigation, where he specializes in helping individuals who are harmed by recalled or unsafe pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. He has earned recognition as a “Top 40 Under 40” Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. Prior to joining Roberts & Roberts, Justin served as an attorney in all three branches of Texas’s state government, including as a Briefing Attorney on the Texas Supreme Court. He also represented electric and natural gas utilities in complex regulatory proceedings before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Railroad Commission of Texas. Justin is a published author in the St. Mary’s Law Journal.