Walking is the simplest form of transportation and we use it EVERY day. We walk through the parking lot to the grocery store, walk the kids to school, walk the dog, or walk across the street to work. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, a pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in traffic crashes. So while walking may be the easiest form of transportation, it is not the safest.
Quick Safety Tips
It’s important to remember a few quick tips to be safe while walking:
- Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. WHY? This is where drivers are expecting pedestrians to be.
- Be predictable. WHY? Drivers and the 4,000 pounds of steel under their control can’t react quickly.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. WHY? That is one of the main purposes of sidewalks: feet traffic ONLY.
- Be visible at all times—day or night. WHY? If vehicles can’t see you, they can’t plan for you.
- And don’t forget—Look both ways before crossing the street!
Want to see what the City of Austin is doing for pedestrian safety? Check out the City of Austin Pedestrian Programs. Want to do more for pedestrians in your community? Go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for resources and programs.
We Represent Injured Pedestrians
Drivers of cars and trucks have a duty to watch out for pedestrians. If a driver fails in this duty and you are injured or a loved one is killed, you will have to fight to hold him accountable. He should be made to pay for your losses, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. He may try to argue that you were at fault, but you can fight back. Trial lawyer Elizabeth Larrick will gather evidence of the crash and of your losses to get what you are owed. If you were hit by a car in Austin, call Larrick Law Firm PC today. We will get to work right away fighting for you.