A woman pushing a baby stroller was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after being hit by a car. The accident happened in the 21100 block of Wildcroft in Northwest Houston. According to reports, a man lost control of the vehicle he was driving and hit the woman, then plowed into a home. Although the woman was critically injured, the baby in the stroller was unhurt.
Witnesses said that the woman was returning home from the park with the baby when the accident happened. The driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. Luckily, nobody was in the home at the time of the crash. Police were investigating the crash scene and looking for the cause of the crash. They indicated that the driver may have suffered from a medical condition that caused him to lose control of his vehicle.
Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise
Pedestrian accidents continue to be on the rise across the country. According to a report published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS HLDI), more than 37,000 deaths occurred in motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. in 2016. In Texas there were 672 pedestrian deaths in 2016. That number is about 18% of all vehicle-related fatalities.
There are a number of reasons why pedestrian accidents may be on the rise. Factors that contribute to an accident may be generally categorized into three main areas including human error, mechanical failure, and road or weather conditions.
Of the human factors, distracted driving, speeding, and driving while intoxicated are among the most common causes of accidents. Distracted driving has been on the rise over the last 10 years due to the increased use of cell phones for texting and other applications. Although texting is prohibited while driving, some people still continue to engage in this dangerous activity.
What to do After a Pedestrian Accident
The same basic rules apply to pedestrian accidents as to other crashes. Contact the police immediately and do not leave the scene of the accident. Seek medical attention, even if you do not feel immediately hurt. Some injuries, even serious ones, may not be apparent until later. The police will gather evidence from the accident, get statements from the driver and witnesses, and investigate what occurred.
Keep all of your medical records and bills related to the incident. Contact a personal injury attorney to review the details of the accident. The negligent party is responsible for payment of any costs associated with the injuries. You may be entitled to money for your doctor and hospital bills, medication, rehabilitative therapy and other damages such as lost wages and money for pain and suffering.
It is never too soon to contact an attorney. In fact, the sooner you do so, the better because there are limits to how long you have to file a claim. Your lawyer will work to protect your rights and negotiate to ensure that you get the payment you deserve.
If you were hurt in a pedestrian accident, contact the legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm for a free, no-obligation case consultation.