Pedestrian-related traffic crashes remain a serious problem in Texas. In 2019, there were 5,954 crashes involving pedestrians in our state, resulting in 668 deaths and 1,312 serious injuries. From 2015 to 2019, pedestrian fatalities resulting from traffic crashes increased 17%.
The top factors contributing to traffic crashes in Texas involving pedestrians are:
- Pedestrians failing to yield right-of-way to vehicles
- Drivers failing to yield right-of-way to pedestrians
- Driver inattention
All of us share a responsibility to bring the number of pedestrian fatalities to zero.
What can pedestrians do to stay safe?
- When there is a sidewalk, use it! If there’s no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
- Always cross at intersections or marked crosswalks. Look left, then right, then left again before proceeding
- Obey all traffic signals
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Never assume a driver sees you
- Be visible. Wear something light or reflective after dark
What can drivers do to help keep pedestrians safe?
- Reduce your speed when approaching crosswalks and stop for pedestrians
- Yield the right of way to pedestrians when turning
- Be careful when passing buses or stopped vehicles
- Stay alert and put your phone away – pedestrians may enter your path suddenly
- Obey the speed limit and drive to conditions
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