Pedestrian, Bicycle or Motorcycle Accident | Wrongful Death in El Paso
Every year, some of the deadliest car accidents are those involving pedestrians, cyclists, and bikers. And frighteningly, these accidents are getting worse. According to a report by the League of American Bicyclists that cited data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, 2016 was the deadliest year for cyclists in the United States since 1991, with a recorded number of 840 cycling fatalities. That very same year, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes – meaning that on average, a pedestrian died in a crash every 1.5 hours. And in 2016, motorcyclists were 28 times more likely than drivers of passenger cars to be involved in a fatal crash. Our attorneys have compiled a list of relevant statistics and risk factors concerning these types of accidents in the hopes of preventing another El Paso wrongful death due to a pedestrian, bicycle or motorcycle accident in El Paso. Read on to learn about how to stay safe as a cyclist, pedestrian, or motorcyclist in El Paso.Most Fatal Accidents Occur at Night and in Urban Areas
You’re more likely to be hit by a car if you’re walking or biking at night, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is because pedestrians and bikes, which are already much smaller and more difficult to spot than passenger vehicles, are even less visible at night. To reduce your risk of being in an accident, you can avoid riding or walking at night whenever possible, or outfit yourself with reflective gear (or lights) as a means of increasing your visibility.Alcohol Impairment Increases Your Risk of Being in a Collision
You are likely well aware of the dangers of drinking and driving, but it’s also extremely dangerous to be intoxicated as a pedestrian (or rider). After a night out, it’s important to have a designated driver – walking drunk can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence, and can significantly increase the odds of an El Paso wrongful death accident.Road Rules are For Everyone
Even though you have the right of way as pedestrian, our El Paso wrongful death attorneys know all too well that jaywalking puts you at an increased risk of being hit by a car. Similarly, bicyclists should ride with traffic – not on the sidewalk – and obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.Be Alert at All Times
Whether you’re in a motorcycle, on a bike, or walking on foot, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings. Wearing headphones or earbuds increases your chances of being involved in a crash because you may not hear oncoming cars. As tempting as it may be to talk on the phone or listen to music, it’s safer to eliminate these distractions.Has Your Loved One Been Killed While Walking, Biking, or Cycling in El Paso? You Need a Texas Wrongful Death Lawyer
Here at Carabin Shaw, we employ only the best El Paso wrongful death attorneys. We’ve been serving Texans in El Paso for more than 25 years, and our lawyers have a combined 200 years of legal experience. We’ve recovered $500 million in compensation for our clients, and we can help you secure the compensation and justice you deserve. If your family has suffered a loss and you’re ready to file an El Paso wrongful death claim, we are here to help.
If you’re ready to take the next step forward and hire a lawyer, you should know that we offer all new clients a no cost, no obligation consultation – meaning you have nothing to lose by speaking with an attorney. To receive a free consultation with an experienced wrongful death attorney serving El Paso, call Carabin Shaw today at 915-779-2301 and find out what the right attorney can do for you.