Traffic congestion, road rage, and car accidents have become a way of life in Austin. As our city continues to grow exponentially these problems continue to grow. What can be done about it? You know most of the things, you can do: Carpooling, calming down when we drive, leaving 10 minutes earlier than we should to avoid being rushed on the roads, slowing down when we drive, especially in residential areas.
As an Austin car accident lawyer for many years now the one trend that I find most disturbing is the rise in accidents with pedestrians, especially children. It shouldn’t surprise you that car accidents are the leading cause of death for children who are 14 years and younger?http://drivelikeyourkidslivehere.com/ This organization promotes safety, in part by having people post signs which read, “DRIVE LIKE YOUR KIDS LIVE HERE” I always wondered if the sign should emphasize the word, “YOUR” , as many people drive very cautiously in areas where “their” kids are located, but tend to drive differently in parks and other’s residential neighborhoods.
I remember learning how to drive on these streets and having my father raise his tone to tell me that when passing children, you should not only drive the speed limit, but slow down to half the speed limit when children are present. Although one can get a traffic ticket for driving less than the speed limit, I have not encountered one officer who would issue that ticket in a residential neighborhood when kids are present. Anyone who has seen kids chase a ball, ride a bike, and react in the ways kids do, knows firsthand that slowing down is the sound choice.
Having counseled and represented too many parents who have lost children to car accidents in the Austin area, I can tell you unequivocally, there is no greater sorrow this world knows than the pain a parent goes through when they lose a child.
Please slow down for Austin’s children and the community you live in.