In the bustling streets of Fort Worth, good luck to any pedestrians who have to navigate a maze of vehicles, crosswalks, and intersections every day.
Unfortunately, amidst the city’s rapid growth lies a grim reality: a surge in pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
For example, this weekend a drunk in the West Seventh area crashed into a car and hit two pedestrians on University Drive before speeding off. Fortunately, the 29-year-old driver was arrested.
And who can forget the man who struck and killed a pedestrian in Dallas last month and drove to White Settlement with the dead body pulling over to a Jack in the Box and claiming he had hit a deer.
With each passing year, the number of serious injuries and lives lost to pedestrian accidents continues to climb, raising concerns and demanding urgent attention from authorities and citizens alike.
As a personal injury lawyer, I am an advocate for my clients who suffer serious injuries, lost wages, and other damages that can be life-changing. My interest extends beyond legal representation; it encompasses a commitment to safeguarding the rights and well-being of those affected by such devastating accidents.
The rise in pedestrian accidents
Fort Worth has experienced a troubling increase in pedestrian injuries over the past decade, far surpassing national averages. The boom in distracted driving, giant trucks and SUVs, speeding, drunken driving, and recklessness, coupled with inadequate infrastructure and a lack of pedestrian-friendly initiatives, contribute to the rising number of injuries and lives lost on the city’s streets.
Having practiced personal injury here since 1980 and supporting various charities and civic groups, I cannot turn a blind eye to these alarming trends. Each pedestrian fatality represents not just a statistic but a profound loss—a loved one, a friend, a member of our city. Behind every case lies a story of shattered dreams, unfulfilled potential, and unimaginable grief.
In the face of such adversity, car accident lawyers play a pivotal role in seeking accountability, justice, and compensation for the victims and their families. We understand the complexities of pedestrian accident cases and leverage our expertise to navigate the legal intricacies while advocating fiercely for our client’s rights.
However, our efforts extend beyond individual cases. We strive to effect systemic change by collaborating with city leaders to address the root causes of pedestrian accidents in Fort Worth. I was a member of Safe Cities America and a board member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s North Texas Division and other civic groups advocating for safer streets.
Solutions to the pedestrian injury crisis
Enhanced safety measures: Implementing and enforcing stringent traffic laws, speed limits, and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure to create safer streets for everyone.
Public awareness campaigns: Educating motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists about the importance of road safety, responsible driving behavior, and mutual respect on the streets.
Investments in urban planning: Prioritizing pedestrian infrastructure projects, including sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, and traffic-calming measures, to design more walkable and livable communities.
Support for victims and their families: Providing comprehensive support services, including legal assistance, counseling, and financial resources, to help victims and their families rebuild their lives in the aftermath of tragedy.
Moreover, we urge city officials, transportation authorities, and stakeholders to prioritize pedestrian safety as a fundamental aspect of urban planning and development. By fostering a culture of safety, accountability, and compassion, we can work together to prevent future tragedies and create a more inclusive and equitable city for all.
In the pursuit of justice, personal injury lawyers stand as steadfast allies for those whose voices have been silenced by senseless accidents. We remain committed to our mission of advocating for the rights of the injured, the marginalized, and the vulnerable, and we will continue to fight tirelessly until every pedestrian can cross our streets without fear.
We can help you
If you have been injured as a pedestrian or in any car, truck, 18-wheeler, bicycle, or motorcycle crash, the only cases we handle at Berenson Injury Law, please contact us for assistance. The first visit is free and no obligation.
Handling any personal injury case on your own is an uphill battle against insurance company adjusters and attorneys. An experienced personal injury lawyer can get you the compensation you deserve and allow you to focus on recovering from your injuries.