Every year pedestrians, runners, joggers, and bicyclists are injured on Texas roadways. More times than not, the injuries are serious, or cause death. Pedestrian accident lawyer Joe Stephens has 26 years of experience in handling cases involving pedestrian and crosswalk accidents. He has tried many bicycle accident cases, one of them a $4,000,000 verdict in Liberty County for a paralyzed cyclist.
If you, or someone you know has been injured or killed due to the negligence of the driver that has caused pedestrian injuries, Joe Stephens will give you a free consultation to discuss the matter. Call 713 224 0000. Present victims of pedestrian and crosswalk accident across the entire state of Texas.
Statistics on Pedestrian Accidents and Fatalities.
Every year, between 400 and 500 pedestrians are killed in Texas. Houston accounts for a large portion of these pedestrian fatalities. In Houston, there are many joggers, and it is the site of the Houston marathon. Accordingly, thousands of joggers train in the streets of Houston. There are numerous crosswalk accidents involving pedestrians and joggers as a result.
In the United States, there are approximately 5,000 pedestrians who are killed in motor vehicle crashes. This accounts for about 11 percent of all motor vehicle deaths nationwide. Approximately 70,000 additional pedestrians are injured as a result of motor vehicle-pedestrian collisions in the United States.
Youngsters between the ages of 5 to 9 years old are the pedestrians most involved in crashes involving injuries and death. This is because young children tend to dart out into roadways in areas where they are playing.
Factors causing Pedestrian, and Cyclist Injuries and Accidents.
The number one contributing factor is speed. It accounts for about one third of all pedestrian fatalities. There is approximately a 90 percent chance of being killed when a pedestrian is struck at a speed of 40 miles per hour. When the speed at impact is 30 miles per hour or less, the percentage of those killed drops a little below 50 percent. At 20 miles per hour or below, the fatality rate plummets to around 5 percent.
Alcohol is also a contributing factor to many pedestrian crashes. About one third of all pedestrians who are killed are legally drunk. Most fatal pedestrian accidents occur after dark. About half of pedestrian fatalities occur on the weekend. The highest number of pedestrian fatalities occur during the winter months, and this is felt to be caused by the fewer daylight hours during these months.