Automobile and Pedestrian Accidents
April 18th, 2017
Harlingen law enforcement officials recently requested the public’s assistance in locating a suspect responsible for an auto-pedestrian accident. The accident occurred at the 1000 block of West Taylor Avenue. Law enforcement was summoned to the location and discovered both a man and woman lying on the ground, having suffered injuries. Witnesses reported that a white Chrysler 300 struck the victims and proceeded to flee the scene of the accident. Even though law enforcement officers soon found the suspect’s vehicle abandoned and on fire, the individual who caused the accident is still missing. The two injured individuals were transported to a nearby medical facility with unknown injuries.
While pedestrians should be able to safely travel on foot anywhere they desire, there is a significant risk of pedestrians being struck by motor vehicles. Some of the most common causes of pedestrians accidents are negligent motor vehicle operators, drivers who are inattentive to roadside conditions, aggressive drivers, and distracted drivers. Statistics reveal that over 110,000 pedestrian accidents occur each year in the United States and approximately 60,000 of the pedestrians involved die in these accidents.
Advice for Preventing Pedestrian and Motor Vehicle Accidents
Some of the most common types of pedestrian accidents involve pedestrians who do not obey posted signs, fail to yield, or attempt to cross the road while distracted. There are some essential steps that pedestrians should remember to follow in order to avoid being struck by motor vehicles, which include the following:
- Avoid Any Type of Distraction. When proceeding through an intersection, pedestrians can be tempted to talk or text on a smart device or listen to music. Pedestrians who are not aware of their surroundings are at greater risk of being involved in accidents. Pedestrians must avoid looking down while walking through an intersection.
- Know When You Have the Right of Way. While pedestrians often have the right of way when crossing the road, there are some particular situations in which pedestrians do not have the right of way, including when crossing the road at somewhere other than a marked crosswalk or intersection or when an overhead pedestrian tunnel or crossing is available and a pedestrian declines to use this path.
- Follow Posted Road Rules. Pedestrians must remember to cross streets only at designated crosswalks and to look out for motor vehicles prior to proceeding through the intersection. If there is a motor vehicle waiting for an individual at an intersection, the individual should signal to the driver that the pedestrian will walk. The Texas Transportation Code states that pedestrians must only cross at traffic lights when the designated signal to walk is provided, remain on the right side of a crosswalk, use sidewalks whenever present, and perform other duties assigned by the law.
Pedestrians must remember to follow these pieces of advice because pedestrian accidents frequently include serious injuries and, in the worst cases, fatalities.