Authorities report that one man is dead after being hit by a semi-truck in Vernon, Texas. The collision occurred just before midnight on December 28 on Highway 287 near Bentley Street. This incident is still under investigation.
The Vernon Police Department is investigating an incident involving the death of a pedestrian due to a collision with an 18-wheeler. The department reports that they received a 911 call regarding the incident at around 12:16 a.m. on Dec. 28. Officers responded to the call and located the pedestrian who had been struck and was laying on Highway 287. The victim suffered extensive injuries as a result of the collision and died on location.
Initial investigations show that the semi was traveling northbound on 287 and was just passing the Bentley Street overpass when it struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian was walking southbound in the lane on foot at the time of the incident. The truck driver was uninjured.
What You Need to Know About Pedestrian Car Accidents in Texas
While all car accidents can be devastating, accidents involving pedestrians have a particularly high potential for serious injury or death. In fact, in 2019, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reports that 95% of pedestrian-car accidents resulted in some type of injury. In comparison, nearly 70% of all car accidents in Texas in the same time period resulted in no injuries at all.
Each year, over 600 pedestrians die as a result of Texas car collisions. Based on pedestrian fatality statistics, Texas actually experiences twice the national average of pedestrian roadway danger. This is particularly concerning given the fact that pedestrian fatalities are increasing nationally. According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, pedestrian fatalities in 2019 were the highest they’ve been since 1988.
There are a few key situations in which pedestrian-car accidents are more likely to occur. By familiarizing yourself with these situations, you can take care to avoid them or remember to be particularly alert when you encounter them while driving:
- Poor visibility
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Standing or working in the roadway
- Driving while intoxicated
- Running into the roadway
The central factor that comes into play in each of these situations is driver reaction. If a driver doesn’t know about or isn’t prepared to deal with a pedestrian in the roadway, it can be difficult to prevent an accident.
With this in mind, stay alert when driving in areas with pedestrian foot-traffic. Keep an eye on any pedestrians near your path and be prepared for them to behave in unexpected ways. If you’re in the pedestrian role, make sure to take advantage of cross-walks, follow road signs, and make sure you’re visible to drivers on the road.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car or truck accident in Texas, contact the Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze and Johns to learn about your options for legal relief.