Each year, a number of Texans are struck and severely injured in pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians are much more likely to suffer serious injuries or to be killed when they are involved in motor vehicle collisions. A broad array of injuries may occur, ranging from mild to catastrophic.
An average of thirteen pedestrians die each day around the country after being struck by a vehicle, according to reports from an advocacy group. In 2014, these types of accidents took the lives of nearly 5,000 pedestrians, and the rate is increasing. The report found that pedestrian fatalities are disproportionately higher in low-income neighborhoods, and about 45 percent of pedestrian fatalities that occurred from 2005 to 2014 were Hispanics and non-whites.
In Texas, some people are severely injured or killed in pedestrian accidents each year. If you or your loved one has been seriously injured or killed in a pedestrian accident that was caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to pursue legal remedies through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
A 32-year-old Texas man was killed as a result of the injuries that he sustained in a car accident on Sept. 22. The incident happened along New Sulphur Springs Road in San Antonio while he was standing outside of his truck. A teen driver in a red Mercury Cougar reportedly lost control and fatally struck the man. Like many other auto-pedestrian accidents, the victim had been dealing with vehicular problems before the crash.
Needless and avoidable car accidents occur too often in the Greater Gulf Coast and Houston metro areas. If a pedestrian dies or is critically injured in such an accident, our law firm believes that the at-fault driver should be held responsible for damages, especially if evidence suggests that negligence was a factor in the incident.
What should happen if three pedestrians dash in front of an autonomous car and the vehicle has no place to swerve except into a brick wall? That question and other serious "social dilemma" questions were posed to consumers in a survey designed to gauge opinions about driverless vehicles before they hit the market in Texas and across the U.S.
Texas fans of musician David Crosby may have heard that he hit a jogger while driving his Tesla in March 2015. The jogger has now received a settlement of $2,950,000, and his son, who was with him at the time, received $50,000.
It may come as no surprise to Texas residents that pedestrians are likely to be seriously injured or killed when they are struck by a fast moving vehicle, but research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that older pedestrians are particularly vulnerable. The AAA researchers used federal accident data compiled between 1994 and 1998, and they discovered that a 70-year-old pedestrian is as likely to be killed by a car traveling at 35 mph as a 30-year-old is when struck by a vehicle traveling at 45 mph.
Many Texas residents enjoy walking rather than driving or taking a bus. While using sidewalks and crosswalks, it's important that pedestrians use caution around cars, trucks and motorcycles. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable people on the road, and around 430 pedestrians are treated at the emergency room every day for traffic accident injuries.
Texas law enforcement officials are seeking the driver of a white pickup truck that struck and killed a pedestrian in Harris County during the early morning hours of April 23. Authorities believe that the vehicle may be a Ford. The accident took place on Texas State Highway 249, which is also known as the Tomball Parkway, near Cypresswood Drive in Northwest Houston at approximately 2:15 a.m.