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Texas and Dallas have one of the highest numbers of pedestrian accidents and fatalities in the nation
It was recently reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that Texas has the second highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the nation. Among all states, pedestrian fatalities were highest in California (612), followed by Texas (478) and Florida (476). In 2014 there were 54 pedestrians killed within Dallas County. In more recent findings, the Dallas area ranked #25 in the nation for pedestrian deaths. The study found that 1.32 pedestrians are killed in the DFW metro area per 100,000 residents each year. That’s the third worst in Texas, behind Houston and McAllen.
What are some causes of the high number of Dallas pedestrian injuries and fatalities?
Some of the reasons that Dallas is dangerous for pedestrians include:
- The sidewalks are narrow;
- The Dallas urban environment is dominated by motor vehicles;
- Street corners are rounded, which enable vehicle to drive more quickly through right turns;
- Intersections tend to be very wide and require longer passage time for pedestrians;
- Poor pedestrian passageways between Dallas neighborhoods.
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What is being done to improve pedestrian safety in Dallas?
The Federal Highway Administration has put forth a number of recommendations to improve pedestrian safety in Dallas and across the nation. The recommendations include improved and expanded:
Push buttons and pedestrian signals
School Crossing Guards
Where do most pedestrian accidents happen in Dallas?
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, some of the most dangerous roadways for pedestrians in the Dallas area include:
- 448 S. Good Latimer Expressway
- The Texas 12 Loop, from Ledbetter through the Great Trinity Forest
- Residential sections of Oak Lawn
- Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
- Grand Avenue
- Preston Road
If you have been injured in a pedestrian collision, you will need a great Dallas accident attorney to help
No matter how much we improve the infrastructure and roadways around Dallas, pedestrian accidents will continue to happen. When a less serious crash happens, often someone can manage the insurance claim without help. When a serious injury pedestrian accident happens, or when a fatality occurs, it is crucial to get help from an experienced Dallas pedestrian accident lawyer.
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