Austin’s Unique Tactic For Reducing Pedestrian Accidents
According to an article from the Statesman, the intersection, which has seen an increase in activity recently, is now an all-way stop. Traffic engineers have also created curb extensions to create a buffer zone between pedestrians standing on the curb and traffic that is passing. These extensions, called bulb-outs, feature distinctive and colorful polka dot markings.
One Step On A Long Road
While this colorful tactic will hopefully provide drivers with an additional cue to watch out for pedestrians, it is only one intersection in a city where foot traffic is on the rise.
Pedestrians should always be careful when crossing any intersection, regardless of markings. The unfortunate reality is that drivers tend to watch for other cars and often do not pay close enough attention to people traveling on foot. This leads to pedestrian accidents and serious injuries at intersections and crosswalks throughout Austin.
Pedestrians should also be aware that if they are injured by a driver who hit them in a crosswalk or elsewhere, they may have the right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. This will allow them to hold the negligent driver accountable and obtain money for medical bills, lost wages and other costs related to the pedestrian injuries.
At the law office of Leonard B. Gabbay, P.C., we have more than 25 years of experience helping injured pedestrians get the compensation they deserve.