Texas is a big state, which means that motor vehicles are pretty much a
necessary part of everday life. However, pedestrian traffic is increasing
across the state, especially in Austin, the Live Music Capital of the
World. People are walking more every day to benefit their health, save
money, go green and even take safety into their hands by walking after
having a couple drinks while listening to music.
While residents are enjoying the benefits of walking, more pedestrians
on the roads also means an increased risk for
pedestrian accidents -- many of which prove fatal for the unprotected pedestrian. That is why
this week is Global Road Safety Week.
Global Road Safety Week runs from Monday, May 6 through Sunday, May 12.
The goal? To raise awareness about the number of pedestrian accidents
that occur across the country on pretty much a daily basis. In fact, in
2011 there were over 4,400 people who lost their lives as a result of
an auto-pedestrian collision.
Some groups of pedestrians were more at risk for being involved in a fatal
crash. Adults who were above the age of 65 and children below the age
of nine were especially succeptible, accounting for almost half of the
The AARP, government agencies and other non-profit safety groups are working
hard to help repair poorly maintained streets, add more crosswalks, update
intersections with pedestrian warning signs and trying to get drivers
to pay a little more attention. For victims and their families who need
help now, accident attorneys can help obtain the compensation that can
get them through the trying time.
Source: AARP, "Road Safety for Every Age," Jana Lynott, May 8, 2013