As reported by the Houston Chronicle earlier this year, Houston has the deadliest roads and drivers of any major metropolitan area in America. It is no secret that Houston's streets are particularly dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. Hit-and-run accidents involving pedestrians are significantly more common in Houston than the national average, and we have reported a number of hit-and-run fatalities involving pedestrians in these pages.
On the night of January 23, 2017, Thomas "Tommy" Ketterhagen was reported missing by his family in Georgetown, Texas. He was last seen cycling on the shoulder of the road along the 2300 block of Patriot Way. After searching for him all night, his mother found his body and parts of his bicycle in the grass on the side of the road the next morning.
In a jury trial in a wrongful death and product liability lawsuit, the plaintiffs alleged that the bus manufactured by Motor Coach Industries caused the death of Kayvan Khiabani, a Las Vegas surgeon who was riding his bicycle alongside a tour bus manufactured by Motor Coach Industries. On March 23, 2018, a Nevada jury awarded $18.7 million to the teenage children of Dr. Khiabani, decedent, alleging that the lack of proximity sensors, faulty design, and failure to provide adequate warnings about the dangers of riding near the tour bus caused Mr. Khiabani's death.
While most were celebrating Thanksgiving and enjoying the holidays, friends and loved ones of two local cyclists were mourning their deaths.
Hit-and-run crashes continue to plague our community. Local news organizations have recently reported two such incidents.
A cyclist was killed earlier this week in a hit-and-run collision. It occurred near 10:00 o'clock p.m. on Monday night in the 11,900 block of Veterans Memorial. The man riding the bike was on the shoulder. According to information from the Harris County Sheriff's Office, a vehicle swerved into the shoulder and hit the bike. The rider, apparently between about 55 and 65 years old, was rushed to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the car fled the scene. The car was said by witnesses to be a small four-door. The vehicle may have been a Dodge Neon, and authorities have suspicion that the driver was intoxicated.
Two bars in Austin, Texas are facing a lawsuit containing allegations of overserving a patron prior to her exit. One of the bars is part of the well-known, historic Driskill Hotel. The other is a popular bar located on West Sixth Street, the Star Bar.
Another bicyclist has been hit by a car. And, again, a driver causing a wreck has fled. This time, however, the injured bicyclist has survived, and the suspected driver has been caught.
Everyone knows insurance is available for purchase to cover a car on car collision; it is a state law requirement. So what coverage is available for a bicyclist? Comprehensive bicycle insurance is not sold in the United States unlike some European countries. What happens when a person on a bicycle is injured, or hit by a car? For a car on bicyclist collision the driver's liability insurance can cover the bicyclist's injuries. However, what if the driver's insurance is not enough or the driver doesn't have any insurance? A bicyclist can use their Underinsured/Uninsured motorist coverage.
Family and friends are mourning the death of a bicyclist who was killed earlier this week when he was struck by a car. He was 85 years old. The crash happened on West 43rd Street at about 11:00 p.m. on Monday.