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Austin Bike And Pedestrian Accidents


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Austin Bike And Pedestrian Accidents

 

The Austin Police Department is to be commended for their recent efforts to bring greater awareness to the shared responsibility of everyone with regard to driving, biking and pedestrian safety. For a relatively small town – Austin’s population remains at around 300,000 – there has been a fairly high number of fatalities in this first half of this year alone – fourteen to be exact. Moreover, half of the fatalities are the result of vehicles hitting pedestrians and bicyclists.

 

Certainly Austin boasts some of the most beautiful and extensive walking, biking (and even equestrian) trails in the region as well as greater Texas. In fact, with a click of your mouse you can access information for dozens of miles of trails – nestled in beautiful parks and refuges for the outdoor enthusiast. Our most well- known – the Lady Bird Lake Trail – draws tens of thousands of hikers and bikers annually.

 

In conjunction with a local news organization, the APD did a thorough drive through of the city to reassess what could be hidden dangers for walkers and ‘riders’ and they came to the following conclusion:

 

Many of the recent fatalities on Austin’s roads could have been prevented with just a little more awareness.

 

But this is a shared responsibility for everyone who uses public roads. Drivers should remain vigilant and walkers and bikers should follow common safety practices such as wearing reflective clothing and staying far enough off of the actual pavement to avoid becoming another Austin statistic. We’re in Austin to have great outdoor activities and active lifestyles that go along with having such facilities.

 

The numbers of runners and fitness enthusiasts who run the trails every day around Austin is something to be very proud of and yet something that Austin motorists need to consider and watch for closely.

 

Many times a runner can be wearing headphones and may be looking at the light and not at the oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, not only do motorist need to be aware of pedestrians and they need to be extra cautious with the motoring public. You never can tell when a driver may be texting, checking e-mail or otherwise distracted and not see you or a light change.

 

So the next time you are out for a jog watch for traffic and the next time you are driving near the jogging trails please watch out for runners and bicyclists. Better yet, take a trail that does not cross the roadway.

 

 

Greg Baumgartner helps Austin personal injury victims seek civil justice.  Please call the Baumgartner Law Firm for a no obligation consultation regarding an Austin injury accident.

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