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Fatal San Antonio pedestrian accident spurs safety measures in city

The death of a 9-year-old girl killed while walking to school in San Antonio, Texas has sparked an outpouring of emotion and action by local politicians and police determined to make sure such a tragic pedestrian accident never happens again in San Antonio. Texas Public Radio reported on the efforts by San Antonio District 9 City Councilman Joe Krier to prevent future pedestrian accidents in the wake of the fatal hit-and-run accident on Jan. 15 in San Antonio that took the life of the 9-year-old girl. The driver who allegedly caused the hit-and-run pedestrian accident was later apprehended by police, according to the My San Antonio website.

Since the accident, Krier and other San Antonio officials have been working with the San Antonio Police Department and San Antonio's Public Works Department to improve pedestrian safety in the neighborhood near where the pedestrian accident took place Jan. 15. Specifically, lines painted on the road identifying this area as a school zone have been repainted. More overhead lighting has also been installed and more crossing guards have been deployed to this area, Texas Public Radio reported.

In addition, a portable radar speed limit sign will be made available to neighborhoods throughout San Antonio where speeding drivers are a problem. "When people see that flashing radar sign the first they think is there must be a policeman around here somewhere, so it has a real positive impact on people's habits," Krier said to Texas Public Radio. "And then you don't leave it there permanently, because if you left it there permanently, people would ignore it."

Making drivers more aware of pedestrians in San Antonio will be hard work. That's because pedestrian accidents remain a serious problem throughout Texas, according to our San Antonio pedestrian accident lawyers at the Herrera Law Firm, who routinely work with pedestrian accident victims and their families throughout Texas.

Statistics compiled by the Governor's Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) support this claim by our law firm. Nationwide, the number of fatal pedestrian accidents declined during the first half of 2013. But during that same time period, the number of fatal pedestrian accidents in Texas increased statewide, making the number of pedestrian fatalities in Texas during this time period the highest for any state in the country.

The GHSA's recent report focused on the first six months of 2013 compared to the same time period in 2012. Between January and June 2013, there were 1985 pedestrian fatalities nationwide, a decrease of 190 deaths or 8.7 percent compared to 2,175 deaths during the same time period in 2012.

As for Texas, there were 245 pedestrian fatalities during the first six months of 2013, an increase of 9.8 percent or 22 fatalities compared to the same time period in 2012, when there were 223 pedestrian fatalities in Texas, according to the GHSA statistics.

Such statistics might not mean a lot to some people. But once you start putting faces to the numbers, the urgency to take action becomes much more essential. No parent should ever have to face the death of a child due to a pedestrian accident. That's why we sincerely hope this tragic pedestrian accident in San Antonio serves as a wake-up call for families throughout Texas. We all share the same roads. Let's do more to make sure all of us safely use them.  

A personal injury lawyer in San Antonio can help families of pedestrian accident victims. Call the Herrera Law Firm at 1-800-455-1054 or visit www.herreralaw.com to schedule a free consultation.

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