Many people in Texas rely on their vehicles and drive them every day to get to their various destinations. As people drive them almost every day, driving can become second nature and it can be easy to go into autopilot mode while driving. When in autopilot mode people may thinking about other things going in their lives or distracted by elements inside the vehicle and outside of it as well. This creates a dangerous situation and car accidents can occur as a result.
The car accidents do not always just involve other vehicles though. Sometimes they can involve pedestrians as well. Pedestrian accidents can be particularly devastating for the pedestrians. They have very little protection between them and the sidewalks, parking lots or street. Also, because the vehicles are so much larger than pedestrians, serious injuries can occur even when the vehicles are driving at slower speeds. It is important that drivers pay attention and ensure that they allow pedestrians to walk safely to their destinations.
Safety tips for drivers to protect pedestrians
There are certain safety precautions that drivers can take to prevent these accidents. One is to reduce speed when approaching intersections especially ones with crosswalks. Cars also should look before taking turns to ensure that pedestrians are not crossing the street and if so let them cross completely before taking the turn. It is also important that cars exercise caution when passing trucks or busses and cannot see around them as pedestrians may be crossing in front of the bus. Drivers should also avoid using their phones at all times as it is even easier to miss a pedestrian when distracted than it is to miss other vehicles on the road.
Overall, it is important drivers in Texas understand when pedestrians have the right of way and be extra cautious when they are in areas where pedestrian crossings are likely. As stated above, pedestrian accidents often result in severe injuries for the pedestrians while the driver is likely to not be affected at all. Pedestrians who are hit may require significant medical treatment and lose time at work as result creating financial hardships in addition to the physical ones. Experience attorneys understand how devastating they can be and may be a useful resource.