Texas licensed drivers are responsible for adhering to the state rules of the road and practice safe driving techniques. Unfortunately, many motorists choose to drive their vehicles recklessly, which places the lives of other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians in danger.
According to a 2013 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 5,000 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles, while over 150,000 were treated in emergency rooms throughout the United States. Pedestrians are 1.5x more likely to be killed in a car accident in comparison to occupants and passengers of motor vehicles.
In order to avoid suffering an injury caused by negligent driving, follow these helpful tips:
- Stay visible. Maintain proper visibility to drivers, especially at night and in low-light conditions such as sunrise and sunset. During the evenings, wear brightly colored or reflective clothing. If you walk through areas with barely any light, always carry a flashlight.
- Stay in designated walking areas. Always walk on sidewalks and crosswalks whenever they are available. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the farthest side of the road that faces traffic. If there is no crosswalk, find an area on the road that is well-lit and wait for a long enough gap in traffic to cross the street.
- Obey the rules of the road. Follow all traffic laws, signals, and signs. Do not always assume that motorists will give you the right of way and expect the unexpected.