Houston Ranks Among Top Texas Cities With Most Fatal Pedestrian Accidents
Statistics show that major cities like Houston are where a majority of pedestrian fatalities occur.
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Recently in Houston, a man died after being struck by a vehicle while trying to cross the street. The fatal accident reportedly occurred around 7 p.m. near Ormel Street in the 900 block of Aldine Bender.
Source: Click 2 Houston Report “Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle while attempting to cross road”
“HOUSTON - A deadly car crash in the 900 block of Aldine Bender near Ormel Street had the roads shut down for several hours Tuesday night.
Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office traffic division said a man was attempting to cross the street around 7 p.m. when he was struck and killed.”
The man was struck by a female driver whose vehicle was hit from behind by a second vehicle after she slammed on her brakes. Both drivers reportedly waited at the scene with the victim until police arrived.
Sgt. Mike Harvey stated to the news source, “It’s still very early in the investigation, but I don’t perceive any charges being filed… We don’t have any indications of speed at this point, and we don’t have indications of impairment or intoxication.”
The investigation into the incident was ongoing at the time of the report, and the identity of the victim was being withheld.
Houston Pedestrian Accidents
Statistics show that in the United States, a pedestrian accident injury occurs every 7 minutes. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also says that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car accident than a passenger in a vehicle.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Pedestrian Safety”
“In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 76,000 pedestrians were injured. This averages to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 7 minutes.1 Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.”
To read more visit http://www.cdc.gov/Motorvehiclesafety/Pedestrian_safety/index.html.
The state of Texas is one of the top four listed by the Governors Highway Association (GHSA) as accounting for 41 percent of the pedestrian fatalities that occur in the country combined. The city of Houston is listed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as being one of the top five cities in the country for pedestrian deaths.
Houston pedestrian accident lawyer Amy Witherite of Eberstein Witherite LLP, who has handled numerous Houston pedestrian accident lawsuits, says that, “distracted drivers are a top cause of many of the cases our firm has worked on involving pedestrian deaths in Houston. The most reported driving distraction incidents involve cell phone use while driving, whether a driver was texting or talking on a mobile device without hands-free support.”
The CDC says that according to a 2011 study “69% of drivers in the United States ages 18-64 reported that they had talked on their cell phone while driving within the 30 days before they were surveyed.” In addition, “31% of U.S. drivers ages 18-64 reported that they had read or sent text messages or email messages while driving at least once within the 30 days before they were surveyed.”
Witherite further says, “Motorists must maintain situational awareness at all times and not let distractions such as their cell phones cause them to put themselves or anyone else in harm’s way.”
The cause of the aforementioned Houston pedestrian accident had not yet been determined at the time of the report.
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