Walking is a great way to explore and get around Austin. But it only takes one mistake by an inattentive or negligent driver to turn a pleasant stroll into an ongoing nightmare. Pedestrians here in Austin, throughout Texas, and across the country are hurt or killed in traffic accidents at a shocking rate.
While other traffic injuries and fatalities have decreased in recent years, pedestrian deaths are actually on the rise. The Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that 6,000 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in 2017 – a 33-year high. Hundreds of thousands more are seriously injured in pedestrian incidents every year. In Austin, 23 pedestrians lost their lives in 2017, making up almost 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in the city.
When a pedestrian is injured or dies because of a driver’s negligence or reckless conduct, those responsible can and should be held accountable. At Sandoval James, PLLC, our Austin pedestrian accident attorneys provide critical help for individuals and families who are suffering simply because they were out for a walk.