Understanding pedestrian accident risks and responsibilities

Pedestrian accidents are a big concern in the United States. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 5,764 Texas collisions involved pedestrians in 2022. These crashes seriously injured 1,526 people and caused 829 deaths.

These numbers show that everyone needs to be more aware of the risks and take action to prevent pedestrian accidents.

Common causes of pedestrian accidents

Many pedestrian accidents involve collisions with vehicles while crossing roads, walking in intersections or navigating parking lots. Failure to yield the right of way, distracted driving and speeding often contribute to these incidents.

Both pedestrians and drivers should practice awareness, adherence to traffic rules and caution to reduce the frequency of these accidents and ensure safer streets.

Types and severity of injuries

When pedestrians get into accidents, they can get hurt in different ways, from minor injuries to serious ones that require surgeries or extended medical treatments. Because pedestrians do not have the protection of a car, their injuries can be more severe.

Bones can break due to the impact, leading to fractures in the legs, arms or other parts of the body. The head is vulnerable in accidents, and pedestrians may experience concussions or more severe head injuries. Muscles, tendons and ligaments can strain or tear, causing pain and limiting mobility.

Pedestrian collisions can cause damage to internal organs, which may not be immediately apparent but can be life-threatening. The impact force can damage the spine, leading to injuries that may result in long-term consequences. Impact with the vehicle or the ground can also cause joint dislocations, bruising, contusions, cuts and abrasions, which are common but can still be painful.

Tips for avoiding pedestrian accidents

Texas ranks 10th in the most dangerous states for pedestrians list. Drivers and pedestrians can both contribute to causing accidents.

Cross safely. Always use crosswalks and follow traffic signals. Jaywalking makes accidents more likely.

Be seen. Wear reflective clothes, especially in the dark

Drivers pay attention. Stay focused, especially where lots of people are walking. Avoid distractions and be ready to stop quickly.

Slow down in neighborhoods. Going slower in places with houses and near schools gives drivers more time to react, making accidents less severe

No distractions. Pedestrians and drivers should both avoid distractions like phones while on the road

Whether you are a pedestrian or driver, do not assume that others on the road should see you and stop or slow down.

Make a positive difference

Avoiding collisions is everyone’s responsibility. Drivers and pedestrians should all be cautious and follow best safety practices.