A pedestrian was struck and killed recently in the 100 block of West Tidwell Road in Houston. The driver fled the scene without stopping. Police were investigating the crash and searching for the driver. According to police, the vehicle that struck the woman was an SUV, based on debris left at the scene. They said the driver would have known that he or she hit the woman. The woman, who died at the scene, was not immediately identified. Police are reviewing surveillance footage that may have captured the accident and details about the vehicle.
Do Pedestrians Always Have the Right-of-Way?
Texas law requires motorists to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians under some limited conditions. The law states that drivers must yield when a pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk or pursuant to a traffic control devise permitting the pedestrian to cross. But in Texas, if not in a crosswalk, generally, pedestrians have to yield the right of way to cars.
The right-of-way can be a complicated area of the law. There are different rules in place depending on factors such as whether the crosswalk has a pedestrian walk signal. Generally, when a pedestrian is on the sidewalk, he or she has the right-of-way over vehicles, since they are not allowed on these areas. The situation can be more complex when the pedestrian is off the sidewalk and in or near the street. A knowledgeable Houston personal injury attorney will assess the situation and help determine whether you need to file a claim.
Pedestrian Injuries and Fatalities
Pedestrian accidents have been on the rise over the last decade. This may be due to a higher incidence of distracted driving and walking. Unfortunately, when a vehicle hits a pedestrian, the resulting injuries can be extremely severe. Some of the common injuries include back and neck injuries, head trauma, broken bones, cuts and bruises, and internal injuries. It is important to get a medical examination immediately following an accident. If you fail to seek medical care, it can be more difficult to prove your injuries. Your injuries could worsen if you do not get treatment. In this case, the victim succumbed to her injuries at the accident scene.
If you were hurt in a pedestrian accident if the accident is the driver’s fault the responsible driver may be held accountable.
Talk to an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the crash. Your lawyer will guide the legal process and assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve for your damages. The negligent driver might owe you for your medical expenses, lost wages, money for pain and suffering, and more. In this case, if the accident is shown to be the fault of the driver, the victim’s family may need to file a wrongful death claim.
When you are hurt in a pedestrian accident contact our legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm. We are here to help you get justice and obtain the money you are owed for your injuries.