Pedestrian accidents and fatalities are on the rise nationwide, and particularly in the state of Texas. In 2011, over 4,400 pedestrians were killed in accidents, with one death every 199 minutes. In Texas, over 5,000 pedestrians were involved in accidents last year, resulting in 481 fatalities and over 3,000 injuries. Pedestrian fatalities overall are up 17% from the year before. Texas ranks the ninth most dangerous state for pedestrians.
The average motor vehicle weighs more than 4,000 pounds, a startling contrast to the average weight of a person, which is approximately 170 pounds. When a person is in an accident with a car, the results are often catastrophic. To help you stay safe, the following is a list of the most dangerous areas to walk in the state of Texas:
- Houston-Sugar Land Baytown — This metropolitan area is ranked one of the top five cities for pedestrian deaths and the ninth most dangerous city for pedestrians nationwide. Houston is a large, bustling city, and statistics show over 70% of all fatal pedestrian accidents occur in an urban setting. A shocking story coming out of Houston highlights the extent of the problem. In September of 2013, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland ran over a pedestrian while driving to the police headquarters. He was driving a city vehicle, and stated publically that he felt the busy downtown created a very dangerous situation for pedestrians. The man hit experienced minor injuries to both arms. The Chief will take a defensive driving course following the accident.
- Dallas-Fort Worth — The greater Dallas-Fort Worth area was ranked in the top ten most dangerous cities for pedestrians. The rate of pedestrian fatalities is rising at an alarming rate in these urban neighborhoods. Police cite the lack of well-lit street corners and cross walks as contributing factors to the increasing rate of pedestrian fatalities, in addition to an increasing number of distracted drivers and walkers.
- Austin-Round Rock — Coming in as the 18th most dangerous place for pedestrians, Austin, like the two other Texas cities ranked above it, is an urban metropolis that can prove deadly for walkers. Recently, two men in their 20s were hit by a black SUV in Austin, resulting in the death of one and life threatening injuries to the other. The driver fled the scene of the accident. Most accidents occur in crosswalks where the driver fails to see the ongoing pedestrian, either due to distraction or poor driving conditions.
- San Antonio — This city ranked the 24th most deadly place for pedestrians. Halloween night, two San Antonio pedestrians were killed in unrelated accidents. One was a 79 year old woman attempting to cross the street in Nacogdoches. The other was only 21 years old, killed in the middle of a roadway by a woman in her 70s. It was suspected alcohol was a factor.
All four of these perilous places for people to walk share a common trait — they are urban areas. Statistically, busy metropolitans are home to many pedestrian accidents and fatalities. Staying safe in such cities should include: avoiding walking in unlit areas at night, paying attention to your surroundings, and crossing only in the crosswalk.
The attorneys at Tate Law Offices, P.C., have extensive experience representing pedestrian accident victims. With offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston, we understand the dangers faced by walkers in our cities. Tate Law Offices is a team of attorneys dedicated to maximizing the recovery of pedestrian sufferers. If you or a loved one has been injured while walking on a Texas roadway, call us today at 888-662-3892 for a free case analysis.