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Pedestrian Accident

Fort Worth is generally known to be a pedestrian-friendly city. The city’s continuing efforts to make the streets safer for pedestrians by installing more roundabouts is good news for those who like to walk to work, shopping areas, restaurants, or any of the over 250 parks located right in our city. While efforts are being made to make the streets safer for pedestrians, unfortunately pedestrian accidents are not uncommon in Fort Worth.

Pedestrians find themselves in a perilous situation when cars, scooters, bicycles, buses, or trucks strike them with little or no warning. Pedestrians do not travel with helmets or any other protection so when they are hit by something much larger and traveling much faster, their injuries can be devastating. There are safety measures pedestrians may take such as only crossing at intersections, following traffic signals, and wearing bright colored clothing, but even those things are not enough to eliminate the risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident.

Pedestrian accidents are often caused by someone other than the pedestrian which is why even when a pedestrian is exercising due caution and care, he or she may not be able to avoid all pedestrian accidents. Listed below are some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents:

  • Roll through right turn – When drivers, intending to turn right, slow to a roll at a red light or stoplight, then look to the left to make sure no cars are coming, they often do not see a pedestrian on the right crossing the street. By the time they look back to the right and see the pedestrian (if they see the pedestrian at all) it is often too late because they have rolled through the turn and struck the pedestrian.
  • Unaware of pedestrian – Pedestrians are small and sometimes people simply are not aware of them until it is too late.
  • Unmarked crosswalks – The risk of a pedestrian accident is much higher at unmarked crosswalks.
  • Left-hand turns – Left-hand turns are dangerous for pedestrians crossing the street because often drivers are concentrating on avoiding an accident with traffic oncoming traffic, rather than pedestrians walking in the crosswalk where they are attempting to turn.
  • Distracted driving – Everyone knows that cell phones are the greatest enablers of dangerous distracted driving, yet people still text, email, and call while driving their vehicles.
  • Alcohol or drugs – Alcohol or drug impairment is involved in many pedestrian accidents.
  • Speeding – Speeding vehicles simply are more dangerous and cause more accidents than other vehicles traveling the speed limit.
  • Failure to follow traffic signals – When drivers fail to follow traffic signals, there is a higher risk of pedestrian accidents.

If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident, contact Fort Worth pedestrian accident attorney, Dorothy Hyde. Our pedestrian accident experts will conduct an investigation to gather facts and evidence that strengthen your case. We will also review and evaluate your injuries and damages including lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, disability, and disfigurement. We are experienced pedestrian advocates who want to see that you secure a monetary recovery that will make you whole again.

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