Is Dallas Unsafe For Pedestrians?
When you leave your house each day, the last thing you want to worry about is your safety when setting out on foot. Whether you are heading out for a jog, walking from your office to lunch, or strolling through the park, you should not have to worry about an injury. Unfortunately, we know that there are plenty of pedestrian accidents around the city.
According to this Dallas Observer article, more than 1,000 pedestrians were killed after being struck by cars int eh Dallas Fort Worth area from 2008-2017. That makes DFW the 28th most dangerous metropolitan area for pedestrians in the country.
At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we know that injuries from pedestrian accidents can really affect your life. When you need a Dallas pedestrian accident attorney, you can count on Dottie to work diligently on securing the compensation you need for all of your injury-related expenses.
Why This Happens
The Observer article puts much of the blame on inadequate pedestrian safety infrastructure. They say that most of the pedestrian injuries and fatalities occur in areas where “high numbers of walkers, cars and trucks come together.” They say that the problem increases as speeds increase, something we have pointed out.
We know that pedestrians have no protection against the force of a vehicle slamming into them. We often see pedestrian accident victims who sustain the following:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head trauma/brain injuries
- Internal organ damage/internal bleeding
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
A spokesperson from the advocacy group America Walks says that “At 20 miles an hour, effectively no one dies, and at 40 miles an hour, 95 percent of people struck die.”
What they do not talk about is that even at 20 miles an hour or slower, the impact can leave a pedestrian with one of the serious injuries we list above. One of the main causes of pedestrian crashes revolves about drivers who ignore right-of-ways. Drivers speed through intersections when pedestrians have a green light.
Even worse, if a driver is impaired by alcohol or distracted by their phones or other devices, they are unlikely to even slow down before an impact with a person. Across the state, there were 614 pedestrian crash fatalities during the latest reporting year. This is something that everyone, pedestrians and drivers alike, need to take serious each time they leave home.
If You Are Injured
If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian crash that was caused by another person’s negligence, you may need to seek legal assistance. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, you can count on a competent and experienced team to work on securing compensation for:
- Your medical expenses
- Lost income if you miss work
- Pain and suffering damages
- And more