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Apr 15 2012

Hit and Run Driver is Sought over Death of Pedestrian in Houston

by admin in Auto Accidents

It’s bad enough when a driver or a pedestrian loses their life on the hazardous roads of Houston. It’s even worse when the at-fault driver doesn’t even bother to stop or to own up to what he or she has done.

On April 12, 2012, the Houston Police Department along with Crime Stoppers issued a sketch of a man they believe to be responsible for harrowing the hit-and-run death of Richard Coburn, Jr.

ABC News reported on March 14, 2012 at about 2:15am, the victim was walking near the 3400 block of West Fuqua when he was struck by a driver in a white Honda sedan.

According to investigators, the driver of the Honda continued to the next traffic light, and then stopped to check his vehicle for damage. This driver then got back into his car and drove off, failing to stop and render aid to Coburn.

As an experienced Houston car accident attorney, I’m appalled at this apparent disregard for human life.

Information gathered from the crime scene allowed police to issue a sketch of the driver of the Honda. There is no information as to his identity as yet.

In a recent article our experienced Houston pedestrian accident injury lawyers reported on a pedestrian death on April 11, 2012 on Texas 6 in Houston. The Houston conurbation is the ninth most dangerous in the United States for pedestrians, and these accidents are occurring with alarming regularity.

Hit and run cases are more prevalent than many people believe. If a victim is killed the fact the driver has left the scene will pile additional heartbreak on the family of the deceased. The family may also want to bring a wrongful death action.

If you are injured by a hit and run driver you may claim under your own auto insurance. This kind of claim is known as a (UM/UIM) claim. Although it should cover your lost wages and medical bills, your own insurer may not automatically cover the costs, which is why you should consider consulting a lawyer.

car wreck attorney can identify the cause of an auto accident or case, and take the steps to put together an appropriate claim. For a free case evaluation by an experienced Car /Houston Auto Accidents attorney who could assist you with a potential personal injury case, please call our law firm at (713) 888-8888 or (281) 888-8888.

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Apr 13 2012

Another Pedestrian Death Occurs in Houston, the Ninth Most Dangerous City for Walkers

by admin in Auto Accidents

In Houston, a city with few sidewalks where the car is king, pedestrian accidents are all too common.

Our experienced Houston auto accident attorneys are saddened to report another pedestrian fatality in the city. Officials have confirmed one person was left dead in an accident on southbound Texas 6.

The Houston Chronicle reported the accident on April 11, 2012, as a “pedestrian and vehicle accident.”

Sadly pedestrian deaths are all too common in America. Statistics show a pedestrian is killed in a preventable accident every two hours. That adds up to more than 4,000 lives lost every year.

Some stark statistics about pedestrian deaths in Houston were revealed in a recent report, Dangerous by Design 2011, published by Transportation for America.

The report said from 2000 to 2009, 47,700 pedestrians were killed, “equivalent to a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month.”

It’s a sobering statistic put in those graphic terms and it makes alarming reading for Houston.

The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown conurbation ranked as the ninth most dangerous for pedestrians in the nation. From 2000 to 2009, 1,024 pedestrians died here.

Walking should be good for your health. But poor design of safety features for pedestrians, and a lack of sidewalks and medians, means it’s a potential death sentence in Houston, the Houston Chronicle recently reported.

Last month our experienced pedestrian accident injury lawyers reported on how inFebruary, 2012, a 73-year-old woman was hit and killed by a tow truck on Bellaire. She never had a chance. This victim was dragged along a driveway before the driver stopped, Houston police said.

In this case, the pedestrian walking on a sidewalk, and not even attempting to cross a road, when the tow truck struck her and dragged her along the driveway.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their families when pedestrian accidents occur.

These cases can and do result in lawsuits. Recently the local media reported on how a driver from Katy in Texas is being sued for injuring a pedestrian in a case filed in Harris County.

In this case the plaintiff claims a driver veered off the road and hit her. When a pedestrian is killed on the roads the family of the deceased can bring a wrongful death lawsuit.

Even when pedestrians were not on crosswalks there may be grounds for a lawsuit. Almost half of all accidents involving pedestrians entail alcohol consumption on the behalf of the driver. These are often the most fatal kinds of accidents because the reactions of drivers are impaired and they fail to slow down.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto-pedestrian accident, you should contact an experienced Houston Injury Attorney. For a free case evaluation by an experienced injury attorney who could assist you with a potential personal injury case, please call our law firm at  (713) 888-8888 or (281) 888-8888, or simply text the word INJURY to our short number: 313131 to communicate via text.

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