Two pedestrians in Houston were struck and killed last week in a motorcycle accident. The motorcyclist, who had a passenger, was driving on Seawall Boulevard around 10:20 p.m. when he hit a man and a woman crossing the street. They were crossing in an unprotected area of the road when they were hit. They were heading towards the beach. The motorcycle riders were taken to the hospital in critical condition. It is not believed that alcohol was a factor in the accident. However, police are still investigating.
Every eight minutes a pedestrian is injured in an accident with a motor vehicle. Almost 5,000 pedestrians are killed each year in the U.S., and another 70,000 are injured. Because of the sheer weight and size of automobiles, and the fact that pedestrians are unprotected, pedestrians can suffer some of the most severe injuries in motor vehicle accidents, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, internal organ damage, and spinal cord injuries.
The speed at which a person is struck by an automobile has a direct correlation with the chance of fatality. At 20 miles per hour, the chance of a fatality is five percent. At 30 miles per hour, that risk increases to 45 percent, and at 40 miles per hour, the chance of death increases to 85 percent. Even small increases in speed can cause much more serious injuries and even death.
There are a number of factors that must be looked at when evaluating a pedestrian-motor vehicle accident case. An experienced personal injury attorney can help build a strong case against the driver, by ordering medical records, obtaining witness statements, photographing the scene of the accident, communicating with medical insurance companies, consulting with physicians, and calculating damages.
If you have been injured in an automobile collision as a pedestrian in Houston, seek legal help. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more about our firm, or visit us on Facebook.