On the early morning of Saturday, July 18th, a man was pronounced dead after an auto-pedestrian hit-and-run accident near the Houston National Cemetery.
Details Regarding the Accident
Local authorities responded to the incident at approximately 2:30 a.m. within the 10500 blocks of Veterans Memorial Drive. Upon arrival, paramedic units found the man’s body within the roadway and declared the man dead at the scene. It is suspected that the victim had been struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident.
No further information was given thus far and an investigation is currently underway by local authorities.
The Catastrophic Results of Auto-Pedestrian Accidents
In 2018, auto-pedestrian accidents accounted for a whopping 17% of all traffic-related fatalities within the United States. In fact, early data projections show that 2019 has been the deadliest year for pedestrians as the total death toll spiked up to 6,590, the highest spike in fatalities since 1988!
Closer to home, the State of Texas experienced a 5% increase in fatalities from 2018 as it tallied up a total number of 313 auto-pedestrian fatalities between January and June of 2019.
Life-Saving Tips for Pedestrians and Drivers
While these accidents may occur far too often, in order to help reduce the number of these incidents, drivers and pedestrians should take the following essential tips into practice as it just might save their respective lives one day:
- Use sidewalks at all times (when applicable): Perhaps the safest way a pedestrian can get around when walking is to use any designated sidewalks available. While not every road might have a sidewalk available, it is always best to walk as far away from oncoming traffic as you possibly can.
- Utilize the crosswalks available: Like sidewalks, the crosswalk was designed to get pedestrians from Point A to Point B in the safest manner. You should wait for a clear indication to cross the street, and always look both ways before crossing over to the other side.
- Make yourself visible to others: If you plan on going out and about during the night time or early mornings, it is always best recommended to wear some sort of reflective gear so a driver can detect your presence better. The brighter your gear is, the safer it might be for you to travel.
- Cut off any distractions: Pedestrians are no different from drivers when needing to give their full, undivided attention to the road. Pedestrians should refrain from any distractions such as phone use or horseplaying in order to ensure their own safety while walking and crossing.
- Don’t drive under the influence: Far too many lives are taken each year on U.S roadways due to drunk driving. In 2019, there were 48 pedestrian and bicyclist lives taken away in Texas as a direct result of the negligent actions of a drunk driver. If you plan on drinking, make sure you plan ahead of time by having a designated driver or rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft drive you to-and-fro instead.
- Get plenty of rest before driving: At times, a person might be too mentally exhausted to drive as a result of a long day at work, a long driving period, or perhaps a potential illness. It is critical that you are well rested and feeling well when behind the wheel to ensure the safety of you and others on the road.
- Refrain from any distractions: Texting-and-driving, changing the playlist, and eating while driving can all contribute to a serious car accident as they keep you from fully focusing on the road. It is best to minimize distractions while driving in an effort to avoid costly–and even deadly–car accidents.
Lapeze & Johns Will Fight for Victims of Hit-And-Run Accidents
No one deserves to lose their life on the road as a result of a negligent driver. While losing a loved one due to these circumstances can leave a lot of unanswered questions and mounting debt, there is a way to seek civil justice and financial recovery from those responsible.
The Houston car accident lawyers of Lapeze & Johns are here to help those families seek the justice they deserve in a civil court and will fight tooth and nail to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions.
Contact Lapeze & Johns for a FREE, no-obligation case evaluation now.