Earlier this week, a Metro bus struck and killed a Houston pedestrian. The bus driver, who had been driving over 13 years for Metro, was turning left downtown when she struck a pedestrian. The pedestrian died at the scene. At the time of the accident, the pedestrian was in a crosswalk and had the right-of-way, but the bus driver failed to see him. No passengers were on the bus at the time of the accident. Authorities are continuing to investigate the accident by talking to potential witnesses and looking at onboard video.
Metro’s CEO called the accident “preventable”, which does not necessarily mean the bus driver was at fault. It means there was a way the driver could have prevented the collision. According to the company, before this most recent accident the bus driver had one other preventable accident, which involved hitting a tree limb. Agency officials are planning to communicate more with its drivers about pedestrian safety.
Accidents such as this one illustrate the dangers that pedestrians face on a daily basis. Crowded streets, combined with drivers who may be distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, can be a deadly combination. Pedestrians lack the protections that a vehicle provides, and pedestrian accidents are often fatal or cause very serious injuries.
Pedestrians who are injured by drivers have the right to compensation for their injuries. If you have been the victim of a Houston pedestrian accident, call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. They can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.