After a 12-hour period in late October in which there were four different car accidents involving pedestrians, San Antonio residents have voiced concerns about how common these accidents are in the area. In total, 46 pedestrians had been killed in San Antonio car accidents from the start of 2020 through October 23, according to local law enforcement. With this in mind, it is important that pedestrians and drivers alike take steps to reduce the risk of these accidents, and that they know where to turn for help if they are injured.
Causes of San Antonio Pedestrian Accidents
Of the four accidents mentioned above, in one case the victim was walking at night and wearing dark clothing, and in more than one case the victim was attempting to cross the street without a crosswalk. However, local residents suggest that drivers also contribute to the danger to pedestrians by failing to slow down even when there is a crosswalk.
Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) supports the prevalence of all of these contributing factors in pedestrian accidents, as well as other factors including alcohol and drug intoxication and distractions from phones and other electronic devices. The NHTSA also reports that pedestrian accidents are much more common in urban areas like San Antonio.
In order to promote pedestrian safety, the NHTSA recommends that pedestrians stay alert and aware, use sidewalks, paths, and crosswalks whenever possible, and wear bright, reflective clothing, especially when walking at night. They also recommend that drivers keep an eye out for pedestrians and take special precautions at crosswalks or in school zones and residential areas.
Help From a Texas Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it is important that you seek medical care, and that you reach out to a lawyer who can help you pursue compensation for your damages. Pedestrian injuries are often severe, and if another driver was responsible for the accident, you have the right to recovery for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering resulting from your injuries. Your attorney will help you gather evidence of the driver’s negligence, whether due to speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, or a number of other behaviors, and work to achieve a fair outcome through a settlement or a trial.
Contact a New Braunfels Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
With pedestrian accidents being such a serious issue in San Antonio, it is important for residents throughout the area to know that The Bettersworth Law Firm is here to hold negligent drivers accountable and pursue full compensation for injury victims. For a free consultation on your case, contact a New Braunfels personal injury lawyer today at 830-443-9193.