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Pedestrian Killed in East Travis County Hit-and-Run

by lauraramos | February 8th, 2024 | Car Accident Reports

A pedestrian was killed in an accident that is being investigated as a hit-and-run in East Travis County on February 7. Pedestrian accidents can be incredibly dangerous, but there are steps you can take as a driver to help prevent them. Keep reading to learn more about the Travis County car crash and tips for avoiding pedestrian accidents from the team at Ramos James Law, Austin car accident lawyers.

The Travis County Car Accident

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported on Wednesday, January 7, that an accident had occurred in East Travis County resulting in one death. The accident happened in the 900 block Farm-to-Market 969 near Bantom Woods Bend at around 3:30 in the morning.

According to emergency responders, a vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian before fleeing the scene. The deceased had not been identified as of Wednesday evening.

Following the accident, FM969 was closed for several hours while the scene was processed. All lanes were reopened by around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

An investigation into this event remains ongoing. 

Pedestrian and Driver Safety Tips

Pedestrian accidents have the potential to be incredibly dangerous. The human body often just can’t handle the forces put on it during a collision with a moving vehicle. In comparison, accidents involving multiple vehicles and no pedestrians may be safer thanks to the added protection for those involved. That’s why it’s so important that you do your part to prevent these serious accidents. 

You can follow the tips below from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to help keep yourself and others safe.

Driver Safety Tips

  1. Always watch for pedestrians
  2. Take extra care when driving in poor visibility
  3. Follow traffic laws and signs
  4. Always stop for pedestrians
  5. Don’t pass at a crosswalk
  6. Watch for pedestrians crossing at intersections
  7. Take care when reversing
  8. Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  1. Obey all traffic signs and rules
  2. Use sidewalks when available
  3. When no sidewalks are available, walk facing traffic as far from traffic as possible
  4. Avoid walking near roadways while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  5. Use crosswalks or intersections to cross streets
  6. If no crosswalk or intersection is available, cross at a well-lit, clearly visible spot
  7. Always look all ways before crossing the street
  8. Watch for cars entering and exiting driveways

Pedestrian accidents are incredibly serious events, and the danger posed by these accidents needs to be taken just as seriously. Take time to remember the safety tips above, and always use caution when on the road, either as a driver or pedestrian.

If you’ve been injured in a Travis County car accident, an Austin car accident attorney can help you fight for justice.

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Source: FOX7, KXAN