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Self-Driving Uber Vehicle Kills Pedestrian

A $10 million lawsuit was filed against the city of Tempe, Arizona after a woman was killed by an autonomous Uber vehicle. The suit states that the Arizona suburb created a dangerous situation by installing a brick pathway across the median where people were not allowed to cross the road. Essentially, city officials paved a walkway for jaywalkers. The suit seeks $5 million in damages each for the surviving husband and daughter of the 49-year-old woman killed in the collision. While the city's spokesperson could not comment directly on the case, she has stated that the suburb has since landscaped the median in place of the walkway.

Motor Vehicle Fatalities on the Decline

According to a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, highway fatalities are down for the past two years. The data for the first six months of 2018 further indicates the downward trend is continuing into this year.

California Jury Awards Over $6,000,000 in Wrongful Death Suit

In March of 2016, a pedestrian was struck by a car at the Whittier Uptown Association's Farmers Market. The driver of the vehicle was a vendor at the market, and she struck the pedestrian while backing out of her parking spot. The death was ruled an accident, but the family of the pedestrian sued both the driver and the Whittier Uptown Association.

Distracted Driving Linked to Increase in Pedestrian Deaths

Pedestrian fatalities have risen 46 percent since 2009 while overall traffic fatalities are up only 11 percent. Many experts agree that distraction is a factor in pedestrian crashes and that combating both distracted driving and walking would help reduce the number of incidents, injuries, and deaths.

91-Year-Old Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

Erlene Gomez, 91, died Thursday night after being struck by a hit-and-run driver at Heights Boulevard and 15th Street in the Heights in Houston. According to KHOU News, Gomez was struck from behind by a white Toyota SUV while walking down 15th Street after getting off a bus. According to a witness, the driver left the scene slowly, and police believe the driver lives in the neighborhood.

Another Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Bus in Downtown Houston As Pedestrian Fatality Rates Continue to Rise

On Tuesday afternoon, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a bus in downtown Houston. According to investigators, the pedestrian was walking near St. Joseph Medical Center when she was struck by a First Class Tours bus. The woman, whose name has not been released by investigators, died at the scene. Investigators have not determined if the woman was in the crosswalk or if the light was green at the time. This incident is the second incident this year in which a pedestrian was struck and killed by a bus in downtown Houston. In January, a pedestrian was crossing the street when he was struck and killed by a METRO bus in downtown Houston. Unfortunately, the number of pedestrian fatalities in Houston has steadily increased every year since at least 2013.

Pedestrian Killed by Pickup Truck

Family members are grieving the untimely death this week of a woman who was struck by a pickup. It happened on Monday during morning rush hour. At about 6:00 a.m., the lady was trying to catch a bus. She was crossing the 11,300 block of Beechnut when she was hit by a Toyota Tacoma. A witness found her body on the ground and called 911. After the police arrived and questioned the driver, he was released; evidently, the woman was not in a crosswalk when she entered Beechnut to flag down a Metro bus. The lady, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pedestrian Killed Trying to Cross the Street

A man was killed Saturday night after he was hit by a car while trying to cross South Gessner, authorities said. The collision happened just before midnight, the 66-year-old was walking south across the eastbound lanes in the 8600 block when a 29-year-old in a Chevy Malibu crashed into him, a police spokeswoman said Sunday. The driver said he didn't see the pedestrian come out of the middle median until it was too late to stop, according to initial reports. The driver was not arrested for this incident and the cause of why he did not see the man is not known. One of those reasons could be was that the driver was distracted. Unfortunately, we know people who drive while on the cellphone or are distracted by some new gadget.

Female Jogger Sustained Fatal Injuries After Being Struck by a Boat Trailer in Pearland

On Sunday, October 2, around 7:00 a.m., a woman was jogging near the intersection of Southern Trails Drive and Broadway Street in Pearland, Texas when she was fatally struck by a boat trailer. The boat trailer was being towed by a Ford F-150.

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  • 2016-2017 Equal Access to Justice Champion

    The Equal Access to Justice Champions Program was started by the Houston Bar Association in 2006, to help ensure placement of Houston Volunteer Lawyers cases with pro bono volunteers. Originally, firms were tiered according to size, and firms within each tier committed to accept a certain number of pro bono cases from HVL each year for five years.

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers America | Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz | 2017

    Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Their methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

  • Lead Counsel Rated

    In order to earn the Lead Counsel Rating, an attorney must not only demonstrate significant legal experience, but must also receive multiple peer recommendations advocating his or her ability. This is a key component in the screening process.

  • Texas Super Lawyers | Texas Monthly

    Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Texas via a patented multiphase selection process involving peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation. The Texas lawyers who receive the highest point totals during this selection process are further recognized in Texas Super Lawyers Top Lists.

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