The 10 Most Dangerous Places to Walk in Dallas

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You're speeding out of work with a cell phone in one hand and can of Coke between your knees, trying to make it home before the Chihuahua you keep locked inside all day shits the carpet again, when suddenly, one of those small, panicked dots appears in the distance, in the middle of the road. "Why is that damn thing in my way?" you yell. But the dot is actually a person, and it's probably there because there's no crosswalk nearby.

Dallas has its urban, pedestrian-friendly areas, but there are plenty more streets where walking is beyond an annoyance. When people are forced to jaywalk across an eight-lane road that looks more like a freeway, being a pedestrian is downright dangerous.

Data provided from the TxDOT shows that there have been 83 fatal car crashes involving pedestrians on the streets of Dallas County over a 21-month-period, from January 2012 until September 2013. In that same time span, there were an additional 248 pedestrian-involved car crashes ending in an incapacitating injury. Though the driver has been hurt in a few instances, most of the time, the person who dies or gets incapacitated is the pedestrian.

Using that data, we've compiled some especially terrible places to be a pedestrian in Dallas. Addresses are approximate, based on latitutde-longtitutde numbers provided by TxDOT and calculated by Unfair Park. Some other quick data limitations to keep in mind: TxDOT could not provide the date of the crash beyond the year, nor could it release names of parties involved.

448 S. Good Latimer Expressway (above)
It might cut between a friendly dog park, but crossing the street at this diagonal mess of an intersection in Deep Ellum is a pain the ass. A pedestrian was killed here last year.

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2751 East Ledbetter Drive. In separate crashes, two pedestrians were killed around this address in 2012.
The Texas 12 Loop, from Ledbetter through the Great Trinity Forest
The long road to the Great Trinity Forest undergoes several name changes. The "East Ledbetter Drive" part cuts through Glendale Park and Cummings Park in southern Dallas, and it's at this stretch where a whopping six pedestrians have died since 2012.

Then Ledbetter reaches under Interstate 45, where it then becomes Great Trinity Forest Blvd. This stretch of the road has seen an additional pedestrian fatality and three serious injuries.

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A pedestrian suffered an incapacitating injury around the 2800 block of Fairmount last year.
Residential sections of Oak Lawn
Don't let the quiet, leafy streets fool you. While Cedar Springs Road is known for its bustling, pedestrian-friendly nightlife around the 4000 block, the 2000 block has seen two pedestrians get seriously hurt. Nearby, there was another incapacitating crash on Wolf Street and another on Fairmount Street.

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2868 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
The 2000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
One pedestrian died at 2412 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., another died at 2868, and a third was incapacitated around the 2750 block.

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2709 Grand Avenue
Grand Avenue
Grand Avenue is parallel to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and is similarly wide, fast and short on crosswalks, even though houses line the street. Since 2012, there have been a pedestrian death near 2709 Grand and an injury at 2534.

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33 comments
scholarmom
scholarmom

You need to add Bishop & Davis to this list...where the damn walk sign takes forever so then people just have too cross. Horrible for the area being so dense with ped traffic.

cesheri
cesheri

You can't know "The 10 Most Dangerous Places to Walk in Dallas" unless you know for each place at least:

1)  accident frequency

2)  frequency of pedestrian use

3) the length of the walking area.  

Without all of this data, this list is of little value.  It is also typically innumerate journalism.

J_A_
J_A_

The intersection at Pearl and Flora, right in the middle of the Arts District.

oilman
oilman

It seems that I remember a time when "the pedestrian has the right of way" was taught as a principle/rule/law for the observance of drivers.  Was I just dreaming or did my instructors over-teach on that point?

ROFLCopter
ROFLCopter

TLDR: Cars are evil.  Drivers are worse.  Everyone should walk.

NotReallyThanks
NotReallyThanks

The good news is none of the people who ever look at an Observer will ever be at most of these..

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

The 10 Most Dangerous Places to Walk in Dallas

# 1 the street !

yoka
yoka

Jaywalking is illegal.  And while nobody should roll down the road juggling a coke and a cell phone, simply driving down the street isn't.  Those "dots" are often morons who don't care if vehicles are approaching, and have no interest in finding a crosswalk.  Nobody is "forced" to cross at any arbitrary place, especially if they can't or won't try to calculate the speed and distance of traffic.      

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

I got flipped over the hood of a pick up downtown when the old timer decided to turn into a crosswalk full of crossing peds, including a woman pushing a baby.  It was like in slow motion.  I walked around to the driver and said - you did that on purpose because you have no respect for people crossing when they are supposed to.  I almost bitch-slapped him, except he had his kid in the cab.  He didn't care if he hurt me.  I was on a mountain bike.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

what time of day/night did the peds get clipped?  Were the of diminished capacity? How many homeless?

MattL11
MattL11

I've crossed at that first one (Good Latimer) hundreds of times without getting hit. I guess that's because I fucking LOOK before I jaywalk. 

jamessavik
jamessavik

Many of those places aren't much better for drivers.

Some of which should be strangled with their cell phone chargers.


Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Any downtown sidewalk is very dangerous, due to those maniacal Jimmy John's delivery cyclists tearing up and down the pavement. 

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

If you are driving with a phone in hand and a coke between your legs, GET OFF THE DAMN ROAD UNTIL YOU FINISH YOUR USELESS CONVERSATION YOU STUPID TWIT!!! 

I'm tired of dodging idiots who think that a phone conversation is more important than the lives of other people on the road. It's bad enough when I am in a car, When I'm on my bike or foot it is flat out ridiculous,

Also, how old is your fricking car. The 1995 Nissan pickup I owned had cup holders. Remove the coke from your lap and put it in a cup holder before the vehicle is put in motion.

When you are behind the wheel your only job is driving that vehicle safely. Everything else is secondary.

To the pedestrians out there, walk the 20-50 yards to a corner or crosswalk. Crossing in the middle of a street is just stupid and lazy.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@oilman in crosswalks, you are correct.  Otherwise, the issue becomes more fuzzy

chasd00
chasd00

@NotReallyThanks haha yeah i was thinking the same thing. Also, at half these places, i'd be worried about straying gunfire as much as straying cars.

NotReallyThanks
NotReallyThanks

@yoka You wrote that as if anyone ever yields to a pedestrian at the crosswalk. Why would anyone have "interest in finding" one if no one ever acknowledges they are there in the first place?

DfDubber
DfDubber

yep don't fk with us mtnbikers ^^

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

@Tim.Covington My concern is for the pedestrians that I stop for only for the car or cars coming in the next lane or 2 lanes over to whiz by and almost hit the pedestrian.  Those cars aren't going to stop just because I yielded. 

markzero
markzero

@Tim.Covington Many pedestrians I have seen have phones clamped to the sides of their heads, as well. I'm tired of dodging them when they decide to step off into the street, sometimes without looking.

dingo
dingo

@Tim.Covington Crossing in the middle of the street is just stupid and lazy...


Unless you have insane frogger skills.

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

@chasd00 @NotReallyThanks never in my almost 20 years of walking around deep ellum have ever been so much as threatened, now there was a dark period with all the shitty rap clubs, but those people, white and black and hispanic are douchebags who start douchebag problems.  straying gunfire, go hang out in Frisco we don't want you

yoka
yoka

@NotReallyThanks @yoka I DO yield to pedestrians at crosswalks because they've at least done their due diligence and are using a designated area for crossing.  And also, I don't wish to 'incapacitate' anybody.  I will say that drivers, some of whom can be just as careless as their walking brethren, SHOULD acknowledge people using the crosswalks.  A little more caution and courtesy would probably have prevented some of these mishaps.

As to your other post, I guess I've personally been at about 8 of the 10 locations, more often as a driver than a walker.  I don't hoof it around town very much anymore. 

ruddski
ruddski

A sandwich delivery should have the right of way, no matter what is delivering the sandwich.

DfDubber
DfDubber

so true, docuher's need to not migrate down thus far

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