Last week, eight plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit in California against some of the nation's largest electric scooter companies, including LimeBike and Bird Rides Inc. The plaintiffs include three pedestrians who claim to have been hit from behind by users of the scooters. One of the plaintiffs is a 62-year-old man who claims to have suffered a fractured arm and severed bicep after being struck by an electric scooter earlier this year.
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.
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.
Mail carriers have accidents just like any other driver. They are out on the roads all day and, inevitably, collisions occur. If you are hit by a vehicle belonging to the United States Postal Service, you should be aware that your case is different than the typical personal injury case.
A disregard for speed limits and Texas Transportation Code laws can cost lives and cause injuries, as was the case with 17-year-old Zachary Escobar, a pedestrian. On the night of December 29, 2015, Defendant was operating a Mercedes SUV well in excess of the posted speed limit on Sendera Ranch Drive in Montgomery County, Texas. Defendant negligently and with no regard for the safety and well-being of others struck and killed Zachary Escobar.
On Saturday, June 2, 2018, a man was attempting to find parking in a crowded parking lot in Northwest Houston. As the man pulled a U-Turn in the Bear Creek Islamic Center parking lot, he inadvertently ran over a child. It appears as though the child was sitting in the parking lot just outside the playground area.
A skateboarder was critically injured after being hit by an SUV while crossing Highway 6 around 10:30 p.m., Sunday, May 13, 2018. The question of fault is still to be determined.
His friends were headed to class on Monday morning, but 18-year-old De'Monte Benn never made it to school. He was struck and killed on Highway 6.
On the night of March 18, 2018, a 49-year-old woman named Elaine Herzberg was struck by one of Uber's autonomous cars in Tempe, Arizona. Elaine was walking her bicycle across the street when she was struck by the car and died as a result of this incident. This is believed to be the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving vehicles.