A man was spotted driving erratically and allegedly tried to run over pedestrians in the Houston CityCentre parking garage.
The incident occurred after midnight, and the vehicle reportedly rammed two Houston police vehicles during the pursuit. The incident started near Gessner and the Katy Freeway. The suspect then traveled to the Westpark Tollway and Highway 59 and drove through the Galleria area heading towards downtown.
The pursuit lasted some 30 minutes. The suspect’s car finally stopped after hitting police cars and almost hitting officers. However, the driver refused to exit the vehicle and would not show his hands. Finally, a K-9 unit was deployed to get him out of the vehicle. The man was Tasered and was treated for dog bite injuries. Charges were pending.
Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities
When a motor vehicle hits a pedestrian, the outcome is likely to be serious. The number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities has been rising over the last decade. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there is a pedestrian death every 1.6 hours in the United States.
More than 5,300 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States in 2015 and more than 129,000 were injured. Almost half of pedestrian fatalities involve a driver impaired by alcohol. In Texas, 2017 data is available that shows that there were 5.767 total crashes involving pedestrians. Of that number, there were 604 pedestrian deaths.
In this case, we do not know the reason the driver was driving erratically and do not know all of the charges that he faces. In addition to almost hitting pedestrians at the parking garage, he attempted to hit police officers with his vehicle when he was finally stopped.
What to do After a Pedestrian Accident
If you are the victim of an accident with a vehicle, you may be suffering serious injuries. Call the police immediately. The police will investigate the accident scene and obtain witness statements. If the driver did not remain at the scene, he or she will be wanted for leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
Get medical care as soon after the accident as possible. Do not delay because you may not realize that your injuries are severe when they are. Keep all of the medical records, documentation, and bills from all medical care that you receive. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Your lawyer will handle all of the details related to your case.
Do not speak with the insurance company representative until you first obtain legal counsel. Your attorney will help protect your rights and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. In some cases, an accident reconstruction may be necessary to determine the cause of the crash and the negligent party.