At Shefman Law, we are extremely concerned about pedestrian safety. Austin walkers have a number of things to worry about, including dehydration, heat cramps, heat stroke, and heart attack. On top of these things, pedestrians must also be constantly on the lookout for cars.
In 2012, 28 pedestrians were killed by cars in Austin. In 2010, there were 12 car v. pedestrian crashes, and there were 22 in 2011. One third of these accidents happened along I-35.
Here at Shefman Law, we have a few tips to help you remain safe while walking in Austin.
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Drivers are often not paying attention to pedestrians, so if you are distracted as well the results can be tragic. This includes not walking while texting or doing anything else that takes your focus away from watching where you’re going.
- If there’s infrastructure for walking, use it, even if it means going a little bit out of your way. It’s better to get there safely than not at all.
- Be visible. Wear light-colored and reflective clothing at night and bright clothing during the day.
- Know the rules and follow them. This can help you to anticipate what the driver might do. However, also be aware that the driver might not know or follow the rules, so proceed with caution even when you have the right of way.
- Pay extra attention during extreme weather conditions. Try to avoid walking on ice or other areas that might be slippery.*
- Safety is important. When possible, walk with a friend or a group, especially late at night or in areas that are known to be dangerous.*
However, if you are injured while walking,
- Call 911 immediately.
- Do not refuse medical assistance. You may be injured even if you don’t realize it.
- Make sure the police take a detailed report and that they have the driver’s license information, insurance information, license plate number, and a description of the driver’s vehicle.
- Never discuss fault with the driver or insurance representatives.
- Take photos of all injuries and damage.
- Take notes on everything that happened as soon as you can. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses. If you can, diagram the street and note where everything happened in relation to everything else.
- Take notes on all damages, including property, clothing, and equipment. Do not throw any of these items away despite any damage.
If you have been injured while walking in Austin, contact a skilled and knowledgeable pedestrian accident and injury attorney at Shefman Law. We are here to help.
*We understand that most commutes are alone and sometimes icy conditions that are untended to by municipalities or where other dangerous conditions can’t be avoided, people often get hurt. In these situations, we understand, you have to walk from point A to point B. Maintaining these environments in a safe and healthful manner to allow for safe mobility for all people is simply neglect by the City of Construction Crews.