October 16, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- A police chief in Houston, Texas, was recently implicated in a pedestrian accident. Due to the allegations, the mayor put the chief on suspension without pay. The chief took responsibility for his actions, admitting that he was responsible for the accident.
occurred when the chief attempted to make a right hand turn at a local intersection. When he began to turn his vehicle he struck a pedestrian who was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Pedestrian accidents are not uncommon in Texas. They can occur in many situations ranging from someone crossing the street to a car backing out of the driveway striking a pedestrian on the sidewalk. Whatever the cause, remedies are likely available for victims.
Basics of pedestrian accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that there were 4,432 pedestrian deaths in 2011. Of these deaths, a study conducted by Texas A&M University notes pedestrian injury from car crashes remains a leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths in children.
Children are at a greater risk for pedestrian crashes for a variety of reasons. According to the researchers, some of the more common reasons include:
- Smaller field of vision. Children generally have a field of vision that is about 1/3 narrower than an adult's.
- Inexperience. Children are not experienced enough to accurately judge the speed of a car. If a child hears a car, he or she is also less likely to accurately determine where the sound is coming from.
- Easily distracted. Children are much more likely to focus on one task at a time. When children are walking together, they are more likely to focus on each other than on their immediate surroundings.
- Size. Children are more likely to be smaller than landscaping, such as bushes or trees. As a result, they are more easily hidden and more difficult for drivers to see.
The study found the majority of accidents occur in residential areas. These roads are generally straight, paved and dry at the time of the incident.
Causes of pedestrian accidents
In most cases, a driver that causes an accident because he or she is not operating the vehicle with reasonable care is liable for any injuries that result. Although the particulars of each pedestrian accident will be different, some of the more common causes include:
- Distracted driving.
- Failure to signal while turning.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you are injured in a pedestrian accident and suspect the driver was not using reasonable care, you may be eligible to receive compensation. This compensation could help cover the cost of medical and rehabilitative expenses as well as lost wages. Contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney to discuss your situation and better ensure a more favorable outcome.
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