Two pedestrian accidents occurred in Texas on Tuesday, August 10th, but only one driver remained on the scene to assist police. On average, Texas sees two pedestrian or bicyclist fatalities every day, and hit-and-runs are all too common.
The first accident happened at around 5:45 a.m. on August 10th, near Carthage. A 66-year-old Carthage man was reportedly riding a Mongoose Hotshot bicycle on Texas Highway 149 roughly two miles northwest of the town when the accident took place. His bike was not equipped with reflectors or lights.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the man was struck by a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado traveling in the same direction. He was pronounced dead at the scene, but the condition of the truck driver and his passenger have not been reported.
The second accident was a hit-and-run at around 10 p.m. Authorities say a man in his 70’s, whose identity has not been released, was hit by a car near Park Lane and Greenville Avenue in East Dallas. The driver reportedly did not stay on the scene to assist the victim, but police believe the driver may not have seen him.
Police remain on the lookout for the hit-and-run driver who investigators hope to identify using video surveillance of the area. If you have any information regarding this incident, you can report it to the Dallas authorities.
Pedestrian Safety: Responding to an Accident
One of the reasons why car accidents can be so stressful for drivers is the possibility that someone could have been hurt due to their actions. Because these events are so dangerous, accidental collisions involving pedestrians can cause an even more extreme reaction. Even innocent drivers responsible and compassionate enough to want to help the victim could become overwhelmed by circumstances.
Because of this, it’s important that each of us know what to do if we ever witness or are involved in a pedestrian-auto accident.
The first priority after any accident is the safety of everyone involved. After a pedestrian accident, make sure the victim is in a safe place, out of the way of traffic. Only administer medical assistance if you are required to perform emergency CPR. Call for emergency assistance as soon as possible.
If you witness a pedestrian accident, your presence may be enough to keep the driver on the scene, but do not put yourself in danger in order to prevent them from fleeing. If they do flee the scene, do your best to make note of any identifying information or vehicle details, including the make, model, and color as well as the license plate number if possible. Stay on the scene until police arrive to offer your statement.
Remember: some pedestrian accidents are unavoidable. Being involved in an accident doesn’t mean you’re a bad person, but fleeing the scene will make you a criminal.
If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian-car accident, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns for help making your case or claim.