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by Jeff Rasansky - March 11, 2013
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

The Daily Tribune Online reports that a 55 year-old woman was killed in a wreck involving a vehicle. The woman as a pedestrian at the time of the crash and was hit by a Dodge Magnum. According to the report, the woman was crossing a highway when she was killed, near Spicewood.

Pedestrians are frequently killed by drivers. Sometimes, the incident is just an accident and, in other cases, the driver is negligent and ends up taking someone’s life because of their negligence.

Being Safe

Even though pedestrians have the right-of-way when they’re crossing the street, it’s imperative that pedestrians are sensible and aware when they do so. There are some common causes of accidents that pedestrians, in some cases, bring on themselves. If you’re crossing the street, it may seem a bit elementary to point out these things, but make sure you adhere to the following safety rules:

  • Look both ways and be particularly wary on streets where cars make fast right-hand turns.
  • Do not text message, email or Internet surf while you’re crossing
  • Take your headphones or ear buds out when you’re crossing
  • Keep your head up when crossing and watch traffic carefully
  • Get out of the intersection or crosswalk as quickly as possible
  • If you’re on a bike, walk it across the intersection, if possible

In some cases, it might be very hard to get across a road with a fast speed limit. If you’re not sure how long it takes a car to get to the crosswalk, take the time to watch traffic for a moment so that you can time it. It’s the same concept as waiting for a car to go by before you make a left turn across a street to see how fast the traffic is moving and how much time you need to turn.

Be particularly careful at night. If you’re wearing dark clothing, remember that it may be hard for drivers to see you until they’re right on top of you. Be aware of this and, if you’re not sure you can make it across a street, wait until you have a break in traffic that you’re sure you can get through.

There are some cases where drivers’ strike pedestrians and where the cause is simply negligence. In such cases, consider talking to Texas pedestrian accident lawyers about filing a lawsuit against the party that hit you, as you could stand to win compensation.

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