Pedestrian death toll up 40% in San Antonio

Despite attempts made to minimize the risk for pedestrians crossing busy roads in San Antonio, 40 percent more people were struck and killed by vehicles in 2016 than in 2015. A total of 65 pedestrians were hit and killed by cars last year, according to the city’s Transportation and Capital Improvements department.

To combat the ever-growing issue, the city introduced its Vision Zero initiative back in 2015, in an effort to ensure the safety of pedestrians in the community. Their goal: Zero fatalities on San Antonio roadways.

However, as evidenced by the increase in pedestrian deaths in 2016, it’s not working.

The San Antonio Police Department says the majority of pedestrian accidents happen at night, when a person is crossing a big road and not at a crosswalk. According to TCI, 75 percent of pedestrian deaths happen at night.

Residents of so-called “pedestrian hot-spots” are calling for more street lights and more crosswalks.

Pedestrian problem continues into the new year

A 75-year-old man was hit and killed on Jan. 2nd on Guadalupe Street, near the intersection of Zarzamora Street. According to the police, the victim was not in the crosswalk at the time of the accident.

The impact knocked the elderly man about 20 yards. The walker he has been using ended up even further down the road.

This particular intersection has been labelled as troublesome for pedestrians. According to residents in the area, the sidewalks are in very poor condition, rendering them difficult to use for the disabled. Several complaints have been made to the city, according to residents.

Ensure Your Safety

With the rise in pedestrian accidents not only in San Antonio, but also across the country, it is even more important to ensure your safety as both a walker, or biker. Here are a few tips for staying safe on the side of the road.

  1. Be Seen: Wear bright colored clothing and reflective materials. Carry a flashlight at night and always cross the street in well-lite areas.
  2. Be Alert: Avoid dangerous behaviors by always using a sidewalk, when available. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic. Staying sober will also decrease your chances of being hit by a vehicle. It’s also a good idea to avoid wearing headphones so that you’ll be able to hear your surroundings.
  3. Be Careful: Only cross roads at marked crosswalks and intersections. Obey all traffic signals, including the walk/don’t walk signs. Look in every direction before crossing.

Protecting victims across the state of Texas and beyond

When motorists fail to obey the rules of the road and carelessly ignore bicyclists and pedestrians, it is a recipe for disaster. At The Carlson Law Firm, we fight for the victims of bicycle and pedestrian accidents throughout the communities in Texas, including San Antonio, Austin, Killeen and many others.

Our team of experienced Texas personal injury lawyers can handle a wide range of pedestrian accidents and injury cases, including:

How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help

If you, or a loved one have been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, don’t let another moment pass without an experienced advocate on your side to protect your rights and fight for your recovery. Contact The Carlson Law Firm for a free consultation one of our skilled personal injury attorneys as soon as possible.

We serve accident and injury victims nationwide. Call us today for your free, no obligation consultation. We have bilingual staff members available to assist our Spanish-speaking clients. Se habla español.

 

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