On the evening of Saturday, October 29, 2016, a pedestrian crossing the street in North Houston was fatally injured by a driver who failed to stop at a red light on the service road of I-45. The driver also struck another vehicle. Police suspect the driver was undergoing an undisclosed medical condition at the time, and was not intoxicated.
As the incident is still being investigated, there is no word yet on the true cause; however, despite the apparent medical condition and a lack of obvious intoxication, the driver’s inability to control her vehicle through a red light could still result in possible criminal charges as well as civil liability.
While many typically only think of vehicle-on-vehicle accidents, this incident highlights the dangers pedestrians face when crossing the street. Pedestrians can often be caught up in between other vehicle-on-vehicle accidents, or can even be the primary point of impact which is what occurred this past weekend. Due to their unprotected status, these accidents often result in serious to fatal injuries to the pedestrian, as well as causing significant damage and risk of injury to the vehicle.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries resulting from a car accident as a pedestrian or as an occupant of a motor vehicle, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling (713) 222-7211 or toll free at 713-222-7211.