How to Avoid Auto-Pedestrian Accidents When Running or Walking in Austin

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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.

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Avoiding Auto Accidents in Austin School Zones

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There are approximately 56.6 million kids currently enrolled in elementary and secondary schools throughout the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, and every day, many of these children walk through school zones. But school zones aren’t always safe. Indeed, SafeKids.org observed unsafe driver behavior in nearly one out of every three school zone drop-offs or pick-ups, and statistics tell us that there are five teen pedestrian deaths every week. Our Austin pedestrian accident attorney is passionate about reducing the number of pedestrian accidents and school zones and elsewhere. Here are some things that you can start doing today to mitigate an Austin school zone accident.

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The Most Common Types of Personal Injury in Austin and How to Avoid Them

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There are many ways one party’s negligence can lead to another party’s injury. These include failure to operate a motor vehicle safely, failure to properly maintain a private property, failure to keep an aggressive dog out of situations that can lead to bites, and failure to adequately warn prospective buyers about a product’s safety risks. When a victim is injured because of another party’s negligence, he or she can pursue compensation for his or her related damages through a personal injury claim with the help of an Austin personal injury lawyer.

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Steps to Take After Getting into a Pedestrian Accident in Austin

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Pedestrian accidents are very common, and in Austin, the risks are even higher. Austin is known as one of the most walkable cities in Texas, but the potential for injury is substantially increased because of the city’s population. With greater amounts of people both in cars and on the streets, pedestrian accidents happen more frequently and cause more injury than is necessary. Accidents do not occur only during the night, either. With increased foot traffic and walking commuters across the city, many pedestrian accidents also occur in the middle of the day, often with children falling victim to unknowing motorists. If such an accident happened to you or a loved one, be sure to call Robert Littlefield Buford III, Attorney at Law to represent you as your trustworthy pedestrial accident attorney in Austin and follow these steps to help you know what you should do after an accident.

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Pedestrian Crossing Accidents in Austin

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Perhaps the most common type of pedestrian accident in Austin is one that occurs when a pedestrian is crossing the street. Indeed, this type of accident is much more common than one that happens when a pedestrian is walking alongside a roadway.

Pedestrian accidents are a serious problem, both in Austin and nationwide. In fact, an article published in USA Today reports that there were nearly 6,000 pedestrians killed in crashes across the country in 2017, a number that has remained consistently high over the past two years. In Texas, the rate of pedestrian death was the 13th-highest in the country.

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Blowing Into the Machine or Giving a Blood Test

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The state of Texas has strict DWI laws. Under the Texas Penal Code, you can be convicted of drunk driving if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is higher than 0.08. As any good Austin DWI defense attorney will tell you, many people make major mistakes when they are pulled over for a traffic stop. If you have been pulled over, you need to know what to do to protect your legal rights and to ensure you don’t face severe DUI/DWI penalties.

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Raising the Bar

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As an Austin DWI attorney, I have defended several people who have been served a DWI charge. DWIs in Austin are serious business and can lead to problems for everyone involved, especially if the DWI resulted in an accident. While I don’t condone drinking and driving, there is nothing wrong with throwing a few back – as long as you are doing it responsibly and make good decisions when it comes to getting home. Austin is well-known for its clubs and fun bars, and you should be able to enjoy them. See my recommendations for the best bars around the city, and remember everyone: be smart before getting in your car.

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What You Should Know about Walking in Austin

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Austin isn’t well-known for its pedestrian and bicycle-friendly roads. The downtown district of Austin may be walkable due to its high volume of foot traffic associated with people going to and from work, but other areas of the city are notorious for being dangerous or even deadly to pedestrians. With nearly 20 to 30 pedestrian fatalities each year in Austin, and many more injured in pedestrian accidents, this presents a problem for those who are interested in methods of commute that don’t involve motor vehicles. For those interested in walking or biking in Austin, I have delineated what you need to know and what you should do to avoid a pedestrian accident. I have also specified what you should do if you or a loved one gets in an accident. As a pedestrian accident attorney in Austin, I have extensive experience in helping people and families that are suffering from injury or fatality. After reading this guide, make sure to contact me and receive a free consultation about your case.

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Charged with DWI? Why You Should Hire an Austin DWI Lawyer

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Many people think that DWI charges cases are cut-and-dry, meaning that if they are charged with driving while intoxicated, they will be convicted and have to face the penalties that accompany a Texas DWI conviction. This is simply not true. Like with all other criminal offenses, an individual charged with DWI is innocent until he or she is proven guilty, which requires the court to make use of available evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual was driving while his or her blood alcohol content was .08 percent or higher. This is why you should work with a DWI lawyer to defend your case if you are charged with this offense.

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