Two fatal pedestrian accidents happened over the weekend in Dallas within minutes of each other. A seven year old girl was crossing West Northwest Highway with a family member when she was struck by two cars, one of which left the scene. At almost exactly the same time, 11 miles away, a 71 year old man was crossing East Illinois Avenue and was struck and killed by a pickup truck. He was not using a pedestrian crossing at the time.

Pedestrian accidents are not uncommon. In fact, over the next 24 hours, an average of 324 people in the United States will be treated in an emergency room for pedestrian- related accidents. On average, a pedestrian is killed every two hours from injuries from a traffic crash.

Pedestrians most at risk for crash-related injuries are children between the ages of five and 14. About 20 percent of traffic deaths among children are pedestrian deaths. Pedestrians who have been drinking are also at high risk of being injured in a motor vehicle crash. In 2007, over a third of all pedestrians killed in traffic crashes were legally drunk.

If you frequently walk as a method of transportation, don’t let these statistics scare you. There are a lot of steps you can take that will greatly decrease your risk of injury. First, of course, don’t walk near traffic if you’ve been drinking. Also, be alert – don’t play on your smartphone with your head down while you are walking on a busy street. If you are walking at night, use a flashlight and consider wearing reflective clothing. Don’t ever jaywalk. Finally, be especially careful at intersections. Drivers sometimes don’t yield the right of way to pedestrians.

These tragic pedestrian accidents didn’t have to happen. By following a few basic safety tips, pedestrians can in most cases avoid serious injuries. If you’ve been injured in a Dallas pedestrian accident, call the Dallas car accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.