New statistics compiled and published by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) report alarming trends on Texas roads and highways – pedestrian and bicycle accidents throughout the state are on the rise. Data from TxDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed the following:
- There were 5,000 pedestrian accidents in Texas in 2012.
- Of these pedestrian accidents, close to 3,000 resulted in serious injuries and 481 resulted in death.
- In 2012, there were roughly 2,000 bicycle accidents in Texas.
- Of these bicycle accidents, 1,450 bicyclists were seriously injured and 56 were killed.
- Throughout the nation in 2012, one pedestrian was injured every eight minutes and one was killed every 119 minutes.
Alarming as these statistics may be, they serve to highlight the well-known fact that pedestrians and bicycle riders face high rates of injuries and death during traffic accidents. Due in large part to their vulnerability and lack of protection, pedestrians and bicyclists are in constant danger when sharing public roadways with motor vehicles. When drivers of passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles, or other automobiles fail to uphold their duty to safely operate their vehicles, they can cause devastating pedestrian and bicycle accidents.
In response to these concerning statistics, officials from the Texas Department of Transportation are spreading the word about these preventable accidents. In fact, last month marked the state's annual "Drive Friendly. Drive Safe" campaign, during which officials and law enforcement officers throughout the state encourage drivers to remain responsible and attentive while behind the wheel and while around school zones or areas with pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a pedestrian or bicycle accident – or if you have lost a loved one in a tragic accident – a Houston personal injury lawyer from The Daspit Law Firm is prepared to respond immediately to your call for help. Learn more about your rights as a victim and how an accident lawyer in Houston can fight for the compensation you deserve.
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