Austin is applauded for many different things, including its eclectic music and food scenes, its rich history, and its “weirdness.” But one thing that those in Austin don’t like to talk about is the fact that Austin is also one of the worst cities in the country in terms of the number of pedestrian deaths. In fact, in Texas, pedestrian deaths account for approximately 16 percent of all motor vehicle accident-related traffic deaths, according to Patch.com, and in Austin, there were nearly two dozens pedestrian deaths in 2017, and even more the previous year. Austin pedestrian accident attorney Robert Littlefield Buford III, Attorney at Law, is here to support and guide you if you’ve been in a pedestrian accident in our city. Here are some tips to avoid an accident running or walking in Austin – if you’re hit by a car, call our law firm for your free consultation.
Turn Off the Music
It seems like everyone today is walking or running with earbuds, which play favorite music, news updates, or podcasts. But while the numerous entertainment options provided by smart devices may indeed be enjoyable, walking or running without being able to hear what’s happening around you is very dangerous. Your sense of sound is something that keeps you safe, allowing you to hear approaching vehicles, horns, and other potential dangers. The safest thing that you can do is to take your earbuds out when walking or running in the city.
Put Your Phone Away
Just as running or walking with your earbuds in can be dangerous, so is looking down at your phone, especially when crossing a street. Phones are one of the biggest distractions that drivers and pedestrians are at risk of falling victim to, and the uptick in pedestrian accidents nationwide has been contributed to, in part, using a mobile device while walking. When your eyes are on your phone, you are unable to see what’s directly beneath you (walking hazards) or what’s in front of you (like oncoming motor vehicles). If you must use your phone, do so while stationary and in a safe location.
Wear Bright Colors
If you’re someone who likes to get in an early morning or after-work walk or jog, remember that lighting is typically poor during these times, especially during the winter. In order to improve visibility and help drivers be able to see you, wear bright and light colors, such as white or fluorescent yellow. If you’re walking or running when it’s dark, wear reflective tape and consider attaching a light to your body.
Call Our Pedestrian Accident Attorney if You’re in a Crash
Walking and running in Austin are activities that are undoubtedly good for one’s health, but do pose the risk of being dangerous. Even if you’re being safe, it’s impossible to predict the actions dangerous drivers on the road. If you or a loved one is involved in a pedestrian accident in Austin, our pedestrian accident attorney at the office of Robert Littlefield Buford III, Attorney at Law, can help. Call our law firm today or send us a message to schedule your free consultation.