Are Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise in Austin?

This time last year there were 9 pedestrians killed by motor vehicle accidents in Austin. This year, 22 have been killed. A spokesman for the Austin Police Department vehicular homicide division has stated that people “just aren’t paying attention in general.” Sometimes it’s the pedestrian. However, sometimes it’s a distracted or drunk driver.

Local statistics show that most pedestrian accidents in Austin occur at night. APD statistics also indicate that about 50% of these pedestrian accidents are hit-and-runs. The exact cause of this dramatic rise in pedestrian accidents is unknown, but many point to Austin’s booming population, the lack of proper walkways and signs, and overall distracted driving as major culprits.

Pedestrians have the same right to compensation as they would if they were injured while driving or occupying a motor vehicle. The same rules of negligence apply as well. Many of these accidents occur when a vehicle jumps a curb. Others occur in parking lots. Even victims of a hit-and-run accident have available avenues of compensation for their injuries. Private persons, corporations, or municipalities can be held liable for poor lighting, traffic patterns or poorly marked crosswalks.

At Terry & Kelly, PLLC we concentrate our practice in personal injury. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you’ll need an Austin pedestrian accident attorney with the extensive experience and proven trial skills necessary to effectively represent you against giant insurance companies.

The Austin pedestrian accident attorneys at Terry & Kelly, PLLC will fully investigate every detail of your case in seeking compensation for your injuries. Contact us at 512-910-2000 to arrange a free consultation and case evaluation.

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