Major cities around this country have embraced the Vision Zero project, an initiative that seeks to reduce traffic deaths within the city to zero. Dallas, like so many other major cities around this country, has many traffic deaths each year. Of particular concern are pedestrian deaths. At the Law Office of Julie Johnson, our Dallas pedestrian accident attorney wants to discuss what steps the city is taking to increase safety.
What We Know About Dallas Pedestrian Safety
According to a recent article written by D Magazine, there will be approximately 70 pedestrian fatalities in Dallas if this year is like other recent years. In fact, that fatality number has remained fairly steady each year in the city since 2015. All across the country, pedestrian and bicycle deaths are on the rise, and Dallas has the fifth-highest rate of traffic-related fatalities of any large city in the US.
Other large cities in this country have implemented the Vision Zero program. The name refers to the goal of reducing all traffic fatalities in a particular city to zero within a specified time frame. Unfortunately, most cities that have implemented this program have not seen any success. If anything, the number of fatalities after implementing Vision Zero has increased.
We learned last October that Dallas joined in the Vision Zero initiative and intended to take steps to reduce traffic deaths. The city said it hopes to unveil its plans by December 2021.
We have to ask – will the Dallas plan be successful, even though other city’s plans have been a failure?
These Incidents Lead To Serious Injuries
Pedestrian and bicycle accidents are particularly devastating for victims. The human body has very little protection from the force of a vehicle slamming into it, and it is not uncommon for our Dallas pedestrian accident lawyers to help clients who have sustained the following:
- Spinal cord injuries with paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds
- Bone fractures and dislocations
- Loss of or damage to a bodily organ
- Dismemberment or amputation
- Severe lacerations
Streets in Dallas are large, and traffic moves quickly. For a Vision Zero initiative to be successful, the city government will need to take drastic steps to improve safety, not just for pedestrians and bicyclists, but also for drivers.
We Are Ready to Help You Through This
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a pedestrian accident that was caused by another person’s reckless or negligent behavior, seek legal assistance today. At the Law Office of Julie Johnson, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to investigate your incident in order to secure any compensation you deserve. This can include:
- All medical bills related to the pedestrian accident
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party