Two people are dead and one is critically injured after three separate pedestrian crashes in Austin. The incidents all occurred on Friday, April 1, from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Details About the Pedestrian Crashes
The first pedestrian crash happened around 11 p.m. in North Austin. According to authorities, a woman was hit by a vehicle just off North Lamar. When first responders arrived on the scene, they attempted to save the victim’s life, but she was pronounced dead shortly after.
The second auto-pedestrian accident occurred around 1 a.m. on I-35. According to the Austin Police Department, a man was hit and killed by an 18-wheeler near the Delmar service road.
Both the drivers responsible for the first two crashes stayed at the scene and cooperated with authorities.
The third and final crash of the night happened around 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of Northeast Drive and Springdale Road. Not many details are available about the crash, but the victim was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police are still investigating the cause of this crash.
The Main Causes of Pedestrian Crashes
In Texas, pedestrian crashes account for almost one in five traffic fatalities each year. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), there were 4,852 pedestrian crashes in 2020. In these auto-pedestrian accidents, 1,211 serious injuries and 731 fatalities occurred.
Because auto-pedestrian crashes are on the rise, it’s important for drivers and pedestrians alike to understand what’s causing these incidents:
- Distracted drivers — Drivers who are distracted by their phones, GPS systems, or their passengers are more likely to miss a pedestrian in the roadway. Distracted drivers may also drive onto the sidewalk and hit pedestrians who are walking there.
- Impaired drivers — Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs are at risk of hitting pedestrians due to their impaired judgment and coordination.
- Reckless drivers — Reckless drivers are often impatient and abandon the rules of the road to get to their destination.
- Inclement weather — Inclement weather can create poor visibility and cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle. This can result in a driver hitting an unsuspecting pedestrian on the road.
- Road construction — Road construction can create obstacles on the road for drivers. Construction workers are often at risk of being hit due to drivers not slowing down in construction areas.
- Pedestrians in the roadway — Pedestrians who are walking, lying, or working in the roadway are putting themselves at risk to get hit by a vehicle.
Because drivers and pedestrians can each be the cause of a pedestrian crash, everyone has a responsibility to keep each other safe on the road. Drivers should stay fully alert behind the wheel and always be on the lookout for pedestrians. Pedestrians should make themselves visible at all times and watch carefully before crossing a roadway.