Police have confirmed that on August 1, 2019 a pedestrian was struck and injured by an APD Crime Scene van on I-35. This wreck is not expected to cause the man to die (via KXAN News), however the city has seen an uptick in pedestrian fatalities throughout 2019. So far in 2019, 10 people have lost their lives attempting to cross I-35 on foot.
TxDoT has tried to discourage the trend by adding “No Crossing” signs on I-35 near 51st street where a number of the fatalities have occurred. A large homeless population stays in the area, and signs may do little to curb the impulse to cross the busy lanes of traffic.
With pedestrian fatalities on the rise, year after year, it’s important that Austinites in power take swift action to prevent other serious injuries.
Austin, TX – 102 people died on Austin roads in 2015, and 32 of them were pedestrians. And four years later, pedestrians still face the dangers of traffic fatalities.
In 2016, McMinn Law Firm created an infographic to raise awareness around Austin’s dangerous pedestrian conditions, and what the city is doing to address the issue. Pedestrian infographic outlines where and what time the crashes occur, the age of victims, alcohol involvement, and how 2015 compares to previous years. Beginning with missing sidewalks, find out how Austin government plans to address the safety concerns caused by traffic fatalities and injuries.
If a pedestrian is injured, the results are often catastrophic. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian crash, call an aggressive personal injury attorney at McMinn Law Firm to fight on your behalf in court.
A Growing Problem in City, State and National Arenas
In 2015, total numbers of pedestrian fatalities surpassed previous years by a wide margin in Austin, Texas, and national counts.
- Austin: Between 2014 and 2015 Austin pedestrian fatalities doubled by going from 15 to 32 pedestrian deaths
- Texas: In Texas, 62 more pedestrians died in 2015 than in the previous year.
- National: Total road traffic fatalities and accidents increased by more than 10% between 2014 and 2015. 4.4 million were injured as a result of motor vehicle use in 2015 nationally.
Austin’s Most Dangerous Intersections and City Sectors
Patterns emerge when viewing traffic fatality data in Austin. One conclusion from analyzing where and when traffic injuries occur? Not all roads are equal, and there is a higher frequency of traffic fatalities in East Austin.
Number of 2015 Pedestrian Fatalities by Austin City Sectors:
- Frank: 6
- Henry: 6
- David: 5
- Edward: 3
- Charlie: 3
- Ida: 5
Miles of Austin Sidewalk Missing or “Absent”
How will Austin become a safer city for pedestrians? One look is to improve sidewalk infrastructure and fix the network of sidewalks in Austin.
As of Nov. 2015, Austin’s sidewalk network includes 2,400 miles of existing sidewalk and 2,580 miles of absent sidewalk. Plans indicate progress for Austin’s sidewalk network, however the work done in “Austin’s Sidewalk Master Plan” is limited by funding. Austin plans to spend $25 million per year to add 39 miles of sidewalk to Austin’s street each year.
Infographic | USA: Most Car Accident Fatalities in the World
In an evaluation of 20 developed nations, the CDC and WHO report that U.S.A. has taken a tragic “gold” in traffic fatalities and injuries. Based on several factors, including speed of car, intoxicated driving, and seat belt use, American drivers are more at risk for being involved in an injury accident or traffic fatality.
If You Need A Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
A pedestrian accident attorney identifies sources of liability and pursues claims on your behalf. At McMinn Law Firm, we begin an immediate investigation of the accident in order to preserve necessary evidence for your claim, and we assert your rights against negligent parties.