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Stay Safe Walking Around Austin

Important Safety Tips for Pedestrians from Our Austin Injury Attorney This year has already proven to be a deadly one for pedestrians in Texas. There have been several high-profile fatal pedestrian accidents, leading the media, law enforcement and safety advocacy groups to draw attention to the importance of sharing the road safely. Since 2001, there have been 50,000 pedestrian fatalities across the country, 4,500 of which occurred in Texas. While pedestrian versus car accidents are nothing new, the sharp increase across the state has brought much-needed public attention to the issue. No single reason has been proffered for the surge in the past few months, but public policy makers like Dr. Kara Kockelman of the University of Texas Center for Transportation Research have assigned at least partial blame: Texas as a whole is not “pedestrian-friendly.” What Does It Mean to Be “Pedestrian-Friendly”? Cities that are dedicated to protecting the safety of…
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How Can I Avoid a Bicycle Accident in Austin?

Get Free Advice by Calling Our Austin Injury Lawyers Today Now that spring has arrived, people are beginning to enjoy the Austin weather from the comfort of their bicycle seats. Austin is home to a large number of cyclists, and city officials are continuing to improve the area to make it more bike friendly. However, the Austin Police Department reported that an average of 300 bike crashes occur every year. Many of these accidents result in significant injuries, and some cyclists even become victims of fatal bike accidents. For tips on what you can do to help prevent these serious crashes, here are some tips for both cyclists and drivers on how to avoid collisions. What Can Drivers Do to Avoid Crashing into Bicyclists? For drivers, just being aware and cautious around bicycles will minimize your chances of colliding with cyclists. Drivers often fail to notice bikes because they are…
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Increasing Number of Pedestrian Accidents Reported in Austin

Our Austin Injury Attorney Examines Pedestrian Accident Facts With pleasant weather throughout the year, Austinites love taking walks on the city’s many trails and through the picturesque neighborhoods. However, a stroll in the evening as the temperature cools off, a walk with the dog or a jog around the neighborhood can be dangerous as a pedestrian. In cases of pedestrian accidents, motor vehicles have the weight advantage, and so innocent people walking on the road can easily suffer severe injuries and even death. The High Costs of Pedestrian Accidents Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that close to 4,280 pedestrians die in traffic crashes across the country every year and another 70,000 are injured. In Austin, nearly 20 pedestrians suffer a fatal collision with a motor vehicle. Recently, the Austin Police Department labeled 128 intersections that had been discovered to be particularly dangerous for pedestrians. The list…
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What are DWI Penalties in Texas?

Austin Injury Attorney That Handles Drunk Driving Accidents Texas takes drunk driving very seriously. If a driver is caught with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level over the legal limit, the fines, jail time and other punishments can be severe and affect the drunk driver for years. Along with various types of criminal punishments, drunk drivers may face civil liability for any injuries or damages resulting from driving while intoxicated (DWI). What are Texas Alcoholic Limits? Though people commonly know the BAC limit for drivers age 21 and older is 0.08 percent, many do not know that the BAC limit is stricter for commercial drivers. Those who operate semi trucks and other commercial vehicles must remain under 0.04 percent BAC – half the legal limit for other drivers. Additionally, because alcohol is illegal for those under 21 years of age to consume, any detectable amount of alcohol can result in…
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