Pedestrians walking across the intersection of Allen Street and McKinney Avenue in the Uptown Dallas neighborhood are in danger because of fading street markings.
Numerous accidents have occurred at the intersection, including car crashes and pedestrians getting hit by motor vehicles. Three years ago, the City of Dallas installed signs and marked the crosswalk with white striping. The signs are still visible, but the street markings are fading.
The Uptown Public Improvement District believes more safety measures are needed. The city said they would review the signage and markings at this crosswalk and others in a four-block stretch along McKinney Avenue.
"I'm for a light or a pedestrian light, either one," said UPID Chief Executive Officer Jim Reagan. "If you have to slow down a little bit when you are on McKinney, so be it, if it keeps pedestrians safe."
It is important to look out for pedestrian signs because at crosswalks, pedestrians have the right of way. Of pedestrian fatalities, 73% occur in urban areas like downtown Dallas. While fault is sometimes a tricky thing to establish, with pedestrian accidents it's pretty clear cut. If you are crossing with the right of way and a driver turns and causes a cross walk accident, the driver is at fault. Hopefully the City of Dallas will be able to fix this problem so that the number of accidents will decrease.
Information and commentary is provided by Dallas/Fort Worth Personal Injury Attorney Mark Anderson. The Anderson Law Firm can be reach in Fort Worth at 817-294-1900 or in Dallas at 214-327-8000. If you have questions about a pedestrian accident, fill out our contact form online for a free consultation.