Department of Transportation Focuses on Keeping Pedestrians Safe

On Behalf of | Oct 15, 2013 | Personal Injury

With rising gas prices a constant concern and many families staying vigilant about their budget, it’s not surprising that some people would turn to walking as a great way to get to work, accomplish errands, or simply exercise. Walking is actually the most popular aerobic activity for adults. Unfortunately, this increased interest in walking has also been linked to a rising number of pedestrian deaths in the last two years. Pedestrians caught in serious collisions with motor vehicles might face critical injuries and expensive medical bills leading to a personal injury lawsuit.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has helped make a new set of tools available to raise awareness and share safety tips for pedestrians and drivers alike. The new website includes numerous resources for local leaders, parents, and city planners. Cities affected by high numbers of pedestrian deaths will also be eligible to request a portion of $2 million in safety grants.

The campaign is centered on the concept that every person is a pedestrian. Some of the tools available from the campaign include educational materials for parents to provide to their children, guides for community safety advocates, and reports about effective pedestrian projects around the country. Pedestrian accidents involving cars are especially noteworthy because of the disparity between injuries sustained by the involved parties. Whereas a car driver might have a seat belt or airbag to help protect them from movement or soften the blow, pedestrians are coming into contact with heavy vehicles that can produce crippling injuries. Those hit by a car while walking may not even recover for several years, getting surgery, physical therapy, and losing time at work in the meantime.

Pedestrian accidents are serious and can generate significant medical bills. If you or someone you love has been hit by a car while walking, get advice from a Texas car accident attorney today.