A bicyclist died at the scene of an accident on a city street on the west side of Houston recently. The driver of a pickup truck struck and killed the bicyclist. Both were traveling in the same direction on the road at the time of the accident, which happened in the pre-dawn hours.
Distracted drivers are to blame for many accidents in the Houston area, particularly accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians. After all, pedestrians and bicyclists can be hard to spot just because of their size.
Texas remains one of the most dangerous states for pedestrian deaths, according to the Governor's Highway Safety Association. The report highlights some startling statistics for both pedestrians and motorists alike-298 pedestrians died in the first six months of 2018, a total that was 32 deaths higher than the number of pedestrians killed in the same time period in 2017. The recent death of a county sheriff highlights the fact that pedestrian accidents are still a problem across the state.
Losing someone in a fatal car accident can be traumatizing-after all no one expects that the person they said goodbye to a couple hours ago will never be seen again. Family members suddenly find themselves planning a funeral instead of a family vacation and the emotional ramifications, not to mention financial ones, can be immense. Making sense of the loss can be very difficult, only adding to the frustration.
All drivers are expected to exercise a duty of care to others that they come across on Houston roads. Whether those others are drivers, bicyclists or pedestrians, motor vehicle operators are expected to make good and reasonable decisions about their driving conduct to keep others from getting into harm's way. When they act negligently drivers are hazards to themselves and the many others they can face when they choose to operate their vehicles.
Accidents between pedestrians and vehicles happen for a number of different reasons. They can occur when Texas drivers fail to follow the rules of the road and hit pedestrians in crosswalks. They occur when drivers are operating too fast to stop before causing serious collisions with individuals on foot. They can happen when drivers allow distractions to take their attention away from the road and put others in danger due to the drivers' diverted focus.