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Study Shows Pedestrian Accidents at an All-Time High

A new report may give Texas residents a cause for concern. Across the nation, deaths stemming from pedestrian accidents are at an all-time high. Last year, over 6,000 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle-related accidents.

The study digs deeper in an attempt to discover the reason for the sudden spike. One possible cause is a distraction. It seems that now more than ever, and despite signs, media campaigns and even laws, people are choosing to use a mobile device while driving or walking. An accident can occur in the blink of an eye, and glancing down to check a message or skip a song can have serious consequences. 

Distracted driving is a real danger, but the study also revealed another threat. Many areas where vehicle and foot traffic often co-exist are not equipped with safety features for pedestrians. Sometimes, there is not a crosswalk at an intersection, leaving a person to try to dart through vehicle traffic at a red light. While these examples are merely two potential problems, the information is clear: pedestrian accidents are on the rise. 

When Texas residents are involved in pedestrian accidents, they may feel helpless in the days and weeks that follow. Accident victims may face medical bills, an inability to work due to injury, and lasting pain and suffering. Many victims choose to seek assistance from an experienced attorney. An attorney can help a victim bring the driver responsible to justice in a court of law and help a victim collect any damages or compensation to which he or she may be entitled.