Mesquite Pedestrian Accident Attorney

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Pedestrian Accident

There are plenty of pedestrian-friendly activities in Mesquite that encourage walkers and joggers to get out and enjoy our sunshine and scenery. Some favorites include taking in the beautiful views from the Mesquite Heritage Trails and going to the Rows of Texas for some shopping and dining, but sometimes these activities do not go as planned and pedestrian accidents occur. In 2017, right here in Texas there were 614 pedestrian fatalities and over 3,400 pedestrians injured in accidents. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable people on the road because they have no protection in accidents and they do not have the ability to move as quickly as bicycles or motor vehicles in emergency situations.

Frequent pedestrian accident scenarios

Pedestrian accidents can happen in many different ways, but there are several pedestrian accidents scenarios that we frequently see in our office:

  • Jaywalking – When a pedestrian does not cross at an intersection or crosswalk and instead crosses in the middle of the street at an undesignated area, that is jaywalking and it can be dangerous because cars are not necessarily on the lookout for pedestrians at that point in the road.
  • Dark or low light conditions – Pedestrians can be hard to see in the first place because they are small compared to vehicles in the road, and they can be even harder to see in dark or low light conditions.
  • Rolling right turn – When a car pulls up to turn right on a red light, sometimes the vehicle will continue at a slow roll, rather than coming to a complete stop, while the driver checks to the left. When the driver looks back to the right, it can be too late to avoid hitting a pedestrian who is properly crossing the street in a crosswalk.
  • Left-hand turns – When pedestrians are turning left at an intersection, often they are focused on the oncoming traffic rather than a pedestrian crossing the street and by the time they take the turn, it is too late and they hit the pedestrian.
  • Failing to follow to traffic signals – When both pedestrians and vehicles are present and either a driver or pedestrian fails to follow traffic signals, pedestrian accidents often occur.
  • Speeding – When drivers speed, it is harder for pedestrians to get out of their way and it is harder for drivers to react quickly when they suddenly see a pedestrian in their path.
  • Distracted driving – Our cell phones are convenient sources of information, communication, and entertainment, but they more and more contribute to distracted driving accidents.

Although you are able to stay safer as a pedestrian by paying attention to the vehicles on the road, following traffic signals, and being on the lookout for common pedestrian accident scenarios, some pedestrian accidents cannot be avoided. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact a Mesquite pedestrian accident attorney at The Law Office of Dorothy Hyde to schedule a consultation. We aggressively advocate for pedestrian accident victims to recover injuries and damages sustained including property damage, medical costs, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, lost wages, and lost future earning capacity. In pedestrian accident fatality cases we will help family members and beneficiaries collect the compensation you and the deceased are entitled to by filing wrongful death and survival action claims as applicable.

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