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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 female pedestrian was hit by a Dodge Magnum. According to the report, the woman was crossing a highway near Spicewood, Texas when she was killed.

It’s an unfortunate reality, but pedestrians are frequently killed by drivers. Sometimes the incident is due to driver negligence, and sometimes auto-pedestrian accidents are caused by negligence on behalf of the pedestrian.

Even though pedestrians often do have the right-of-way when crossing a street, it’s imperative that pedestrians are sensible and alert when they do so. If you’re crossing a 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 surf the internet while you’re crossing
  • Take your headphones or ear buds out
  • 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. If you’re not sure you can make it across a street, wait until you have a break in traffic or (preferably) find a safer point to cross.

There are some cases where drivers’ strike pedestrians due to simple negligence. In such cases, consider talking to Texas personal injury lawyer about filing a lawsuit against the party that hit you or a loved one.

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