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Houston student hit by deputy cruiser while walking to bus stop

Back to school is a memorable time of year for school children in Houston. With the days of summer long gone, students return to school, prepared for another year of learning. Now that school is back in full swing throughout the Houston area, drivers should slow down and use caution when driving in school zones or other areas where children may be walking.

A 15-year-old boy in Harris County was flown to a nearby hospital after he was hit by a deputy with the county sheriff's office. The boy was walking to a bus stop with other children when the accident occurred. The deputy says he did not see the high school student, due to the dark clothing he was wearing and the lack of street lights. The road where the accident occurred has no sidewalk or shoulder. Residents report they have complained to the city before about the road being dangerous, but they have been told there is no room for sidewalks. The boy's injuries are not life-threatening, although he is reported to be in serious condition.

Just as auto accidents can happen at any time, auto-pedestrian accidents can occur when people least expect it. Pedestrians are not afforded the protection of seatbelts and airbags. Often times, pedestrians who are hit by vehicles will suffer serious injuries and face lengthy rehabilitation periods. For a pedestrian injured in an auto accident, navigating through the insurance process can be overwhelming, even more so if he or she is amassing medical expenses and losing wages. If you have been hurt by a motorist, you may benefit from contacting an attorney who is experienced in fighting for the rights of injured pedestrians. 

Source: MyFox Houston, "Spring High School student hit by a Harris County Sheriff cruiser," Damali Keith, Sep. 11, 2013

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