Did you know that many cities are focused on bringing down the number of pedestrian accidents, injuries and deaths to zero? There is an initiative called Vision Zero that cities throughout the United States are starting to use.
Corpus Christi is participating in this initiative to make the roads safer and has been since January 2020.
Why does Vision Zero matter?
Vision Zero is important because its overall goal is to completely eliminate traffic accident-related serious injuries and deaths by the year 2040. Corpus Christi is just the fourth city in the state to decide to participate, along with Austin, Laredo and San Antonio.
Pedestrian accidents have been a major issue in Corpus Christi, which is why the city has been invested in finding ways to help. In one study, it was found that 41% of pedestrian crashes were happening in dark, urban areas and in crosswalks. As a result, the city has started to suggest ways that pedestrians and drivers can be safer.
One of the suggestions is for pedestrians to carry a flashlight at night. They may also benefit from wearing a reflective vest or reflective clothing. They’re told that they should cross only at designated crosswalks or intersections.
What can drivers do to prevent pedestrian accidents?
Drivers have to follow the traffic laws to make the roads safer. They should not:
- Drink and drive
- Go around a vehicle that has stopped for a pedestrian
- Avoid driving while distracted
Doing each of these things may help minimize the risk of colliding with a pedestrian.
How is Corpus Christi taking action?
For now, the Vision Zero initiative is in action and continues to push for an injury and fatality-free Corpus Christi. The city has installed two Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons at busy intersections and is working with local law enforcement to choose strategies that will help the 20-year plan come to fruition.
Until that time, if you were walking as a pedestrian and were hurt, know that you may be able to pursue a claim against the negligent driver. If you’ve lost someone, your family may also be able to make a claim.