Houston Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Every two hours a pedestrian dies in the United States.
A pedestrian is considered any person that is on foot whether they are walking, jogging, running, lying down, or hiking, and is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.
The majority of pedestrian accidents occur in urban areas, just like Houston, Texas. Thousands of pedestrians become severely injured due to driver negligence. In addition to driver negligence, pedestrian accidents occur due to poor driving conditions, mechanical failures in traffic signs, or bicyclist negligence.
In efforts to reduce the amount of pedestrian accidents, Katy, Texas Pedestrian Accident Lawyer, Sue E. West, advises pedestrians and drivers to follow certain driving and walking protocols.
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It is the responsibility of a driver to obey all driving laws, and to drive carefully. Driving carefully includes obeying guidelines such as:
- Remaining alert at all times
- Obeying speed limits, especially during various weather conditions such as snow, rain, and sun
- Refraining from utilizing distracting devices such as cell phones, GPS navigation systems, and other distracting tools
- Refraining from driving fatigued
- Paying extra attention in areas pedestrians are likely to be such as parking lots or busy intersections
- Being cautious of pedestrians not following traffic laws and are jaywalking through traffic lights
Pedestrian Responsibilities in Texas
Many accidents involving pedestrians occur in the evening when pedestrians are harder to see. To help prevent these accidents from occurring, pedestrians are advised to wear bright and reflective clothing that can easily be seen by drivers. Pedestrians are also responsible for:
- Following traffic signals such as walking when the pedestrian is signaled to "walk"
- Refraining from exiting the crosswalk when crossing the street
- Refraining from utilizing cell phones or other distracting gadgets when crossing
- Being cautious in instances or areas vehicles are not likely to see you
- Obeying the "right of way," and should only cross in those instances. A pedestrian's "right of way" varies from state to state.
Contact a Katy Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Who is at fault in a pedestrian accident is determined by deciphering which party's negligence caused the accident. The negligence of a party is usually difficult to determine until a hearing is administered. The accident will be investigated thoroughly to properly determine who is at fault. Houston and Katy Texas pedestrian accident attorney, Sue E. West, can help you receive compensation for your personal injury. With the expertise to thoroughly defend your rights, The West Law Office will help you proceed with your case and resolve any issues with insurance agencies or disagreeing parties. For a free consultation call Sue E. West today (713) 955-3390.