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Pedestrian Injuries

A pedestrian is a person who is traveling on or near the road on foot, in a wheelchair, skateboard, stroller and similar means of personal transportation. Injuries in a pedestrian involved accident can be very severe, many fatal. Awareness for both drivers and people using non-motorized transportation can help prevent many of these accidents and help save lives.

Facts About Pedestrian Injuries

  • Over 4,000 people are killed by motor vehicles while on foot each year – this is a 23% decrease since 1995
  • 70,000 people are injured by motorists annually – a number which has also decreased in the past 15 years
  • 3 out of every 4 pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas
  • California, Texas, New York, and Florida make up 51% of pedestrian related fatalities in this country, but only 5% of total traffic fatalities across the nation
  • 48% of pedestrian deaths happen on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • 70% of deaths of foot travelers happen between 4 pm and 4 am.
  • Pedestrians are 1-1/2 times more likely to be killed on foot by a motor vehicle than if they were a passenger in a car during an accident

Safety as a Pedestrian

Accidents happen that are beyond the control of the pedestrian; most of the time, when a pedestrian is involved in an accident with a vehicle it’s almost always the fault of the motorist. Young children and the elderly are at the most risk for injury by a motor vehicle and therefore should be assisted and/or supervised when close to roads and traffic. People on foot should avoid restricted zones such as interstates and should use crosswalks accordingly. If a sidewalk is available, always use it; if no sidewalk is present, always travel facing traffic. To ensure that drivers can see you, wear light colors, especially at night. Always use extreme caution and never assume that a driver sees you without making eye contact and exchanging gestures before crossing in front of a car. Read more about pedestrian safety on the CDC webpage.

Written on behalf of Marks & Harrison Attorneys at Law.


Firing Offense

slaterpugh.comA daycare operator in Austin is currently on trial for the murder of four children at the daycare operation she ran out of her home. Jessica Tata was cooking a pan of oil on the stove, according to the prosecution’s case against her, when she left the children at her daycare unsupervised to go to the store to pick up groceries. While she was gone, the oil caught on fire, killing four children and injuring several others. Her defense attorneys argue that it was a mechanical defect that caused the fire to occur.

I don’t know the details of this case well enough to provide a fully informed assessment of where I stand on this, but at least a cursory examination of the situation gives me a lot of reason to think that the verdict shouldn’t be too hard for the jury to make. Anyone who leaves a pan of oil burning on a stove in a house where any children are unattended, let alone as many as were in her care, is at the very least grossly negligent, and if a criminal prosecutor can’t secure a guilty verdict against her, an Austin employment attorney should be able to prove negligence in a civil case. When that negligence causes the loss of innocent lives, that person needs to be held accountable for their actions.