Crosswalks increase safety and make being a pedestrian a much more pleasant and less stressful experience, if drivers follow the rules of the road with regards to stopping at crosswalks. In Texas, cars are expected to stop at crosswalks if the intersection does not have a traffic signal and the pedestrian in the crosswalk on or near the oncoming vehicle’s side of the road. Unfortunately, many pedestrians avoid crosswalks and jaywalk from wherever they happen to be. They either don’t want to be bothered to walk slightly out of their way, or they assume the driver won’t stop anyway so the extra steps aren’t worth it to them. Crossing a busy highway anyplace other than a crosswalk can result in serious or fatal injuries such as those sustained by a 51-year-old man who was struck by a pickup truck while crossing a Gulf Freeway feeder road. The victim was taken to a local hospital and died of his injuries. Because the victim did not use a crosswalk, however, no charges were issued in the case. In situations like this one, the family of the victim would benefit from a capable personal injury lawyer familiar with the complexity of law governing these instances. Although the pedestrian victim would likely be considered at least partially negligent for failing to cross at a crosswalk, the motorist would still bear some responsibility, and the family may be entitled to damages in regards to the accidental death. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a vehicle, contact the attorneys at Houston Accident Attorneys today. We guarantee you will speak with a lawyer, and your initial consultation will be free and incur no obligation from you to retain our services. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain; contact us today.