How safe — or unsafe — is Dallas for pedestrians?

| Feb 7, 2021 | Pedestrian accidents

It may surprise you to learn that Dallas is about twice as dangerous for pedestrians as other cities throughout the nation. In 2019 alone, 174 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents and another 920 were badly hurt.

Until recently, however, the city hasn’t really focused on pedestrian safety — but times are changing.

The first-ever mobility plan looks to improve the situation

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has released a plan called “Connect Dallas.” It takes to task the problems for pedestrians in this city. Chief among them: There are 4,400 miles of sidewalk but only about 1,200 of those miles are actually in good shape and accessible.

The Department of Transportation has committed to projects that will prioritize bikers, walkers and those who use public transportation. The aim is to correct decades of problems that have accrued as neighborhoods were built with only the needs of cars and trucks in mind.

The goals include connecting neighborhoods through widened (and repaired) sidewalks, bike lanes, walking bridges and other infrastructure projects that are focused on pedestrians and future sustainability.

This plan doesn’t just stand to benefit pedestrians. It’s also a method of revitalizing business districts and making Dallas a more-modern, more-livable city.

Pedestrian accidents have the potential to be devastating

When a pedestrian and a motor vehicle collide, the pedestrian is always going to bear the brunt of the damage.

If you or your loved one suffered serious injuries due to a driver’s mistake, you have every right to ask for compensation for your losses.