When a pedestrian is hit by a drunk or distracted driver, the consequences can be devastating. Even if they are able to survive the accident, they could struggle with serious injuries, emotional trauma and financial hardships (medical expenses, lost wages, etc.). In Houston, Texas, victims of an auto-pedestrian accident must hold negligent drivers accountable and take action immediately. Although a pedestrian accident can be incredibly difficult to recover from, victims may have a number of options available which can help them move forward.
According to investigators, a 22-year-old Texas man was recently walking in a moving lane when he was struck by a truck. After the accident, the pedestrian was transported to the hospital, although he was unable to survive. The incident took place on the East Freeway in Harris County.
The truck driver was intoxicated and will be charged with driving while intoxicated. However, he will not be charged with intoxication manslaughter since deputies do not believe he was at fault for the collision. The Harris County Sheriff's Office said the incident occurred in the 15500 block of the freeway shortly before 9:30 p.m.
Whether someone was involved in a hit-and-run accident or struck while trying to use a crosswalk, the details of each accident may vary. As a result, those who decide to file a lawsuit should evaluate their case thoroughly and take an individual approach. Also, people who need help taking legal action could benefit from talking about what happened with an experienced attorney. When a reckless driver takes to the road and ruins lives, they should never be let off the hook.
Source: KHOU.com, "Pedestrian dies after being hit by truck on the East Freeway," Oct. 15, 2014