Four people, including a three-year-old and a teenager, have died in separate pedestrian-involved car accidents across Texas in as many days. Given Texas’ deteriorating record on pedestrian safety, it’s likely that these three were only a part of all pedestrian deaths seen within those three days.
A Closer Look at Four Pedestrian Accidents
The tragic series of accidents began on July 4th at around 3 p.m. in northwest Harris County in the 16000 block of Sugar Tree. A three-year-old boy was struck by a car that was being driven by his father, leading to the child’s death. The circumstances surrounding this accident have not been reported. An investigation into the accident remains underway.
The second pedestrian accident occurred at around 10 p.m. later on the same day. According to Midland authorities, two vehicles collided on State Highway 191 and became entangled. As the two drivers attempted to separate the vehicles, one of the drivers, a 25-year-old man, was hit by another passing car. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
On July 6th, a teenage girl died when she exited a moving vehicle and was struck by a passing car that did not stop. The 15-year-old was traveling with her mother on I-45 when the two got into an argument at around 9 p.m and she left the car. The accident happened as the vehicle passed between FM1960 and Richey. The young girl was pronounced dead at the scene.
Finally, on July 7th, a pedestrian was crossing South Street in Nacogdoches when he was hit by a passing car. At around 3:15 a.m., police arrived, and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car involved is cooperating with the police investigation.
Who Is at Risk?
According to Dallas News, the risk of being involved in a pedestrian-car accident varies depending on who and where you are. First, those in the lowest-income areas throughout the country face a disproportionate risk of being hit by a car, nearly three times higher than their wealthier counterparts.
“This is unsurprising, given that low-income communities are less likely than higher-income communities to have sidewalks, marked crosswalks, and street design to support safer, slower speeds,” a national report on pedestrian safety reads.
Unfortunately, Black pedestrians faced an 82% higher rate of pedestrian-accident fatalities compared to non-Hispanic whites. In Texas, 60% of all pedestrian fatalities over the last year were of people of color.
According to a survey by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the majority of fatal pedestrian accidents take place in urban areas that are underlit, and often not at intersections.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian-car accident, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns for help claiming financial relief.