Man Dies After Being Hit by Two Passing Vehicles
Police close the West Military Drive at Luke Boulevard near the joint San Antonio-Lackland Base due to a fatal accident involving a pedestrian on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, according to a San Antonio Express-News story. The accident occurred at around 5:30 a.m. when a pedestrian who was walking on the road was struck by two passing vehicles, both of which stopped to help him. The police did not release any additional information about the accident; the story is ongoing.
Did You Know?
Pedestrian deaths now account for 1 in 5 of all traffic fatalities in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
Pedestrian Accidents in San Antonio
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable group on the roads when it comes to auto accidents. Unfortunately, accidents involving pedestrians are incredibly common in Texas and lead to catastrophic injuries and often death. 2020 data puts Texas as the second deadliest state in the nation, second only to Florida. In 2021 alone, there was a 15% increase in pedestrian fatalities from 2020, with a staggering 843 people killed. In addition, of the 4,527 people who were lucky enough to survive the accidents, 1,467 sustained serious injuries. Some common injuries that occur in pedestrian accidents in San Antonio are:
- Head Injury/TBI – Injuries to the head are very common in pedestrian accidents, especially if the victim is thrown into the air due to the impact. These types of injuries often lead to permeate disability.
- Broken Bones – Broken legs and fractured pelvises account for 50% of pedestrian injuries. These kinds of lower-body injuries are incredibly painful and debilitating, often resulting in months of lost work.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – Injury to the spine is a frequent result of pedestrian accidents due to where the vehicle usually strikes the pedestrian. Injuries to the spine can lead to permanent loss of function below the injured area.
These are only a few of the most common injuries that occur in pedestrian accidents. Even if the pedestrian survives the accident, the unfortunate reality is often that their lives will never be the same.
Why Do Pedestrian Accidents Happen?
There are many reasons why a pedestrian accident may occur, and everyone’s situation is unique. However, data compiled by the NHTSA and others have identified a few common factors contributing to pedestrian accidents:
- Distracted Driving
- Drunk Driving
- Failure to Yield Right of Way (vehicle)
- Failure to Yield Right of Way (pedestrian)
Most of the pedestrian accidents that occur across the nation happen in urban areas (83.8%), and most of these urban accidents occur at night on lit streets (39.8%). There is a slight spike in pedestrian accidents on Saturday nights in urban areas, though the day of the week is mostly evenly distributed. So, if you plan on walking the streets downtown or in other urban areas, ensure that the driver sees you and will yield the right of way before crossing at a designated intersection.
Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
Drivers have a responsibility to yield to pedestrians at a crosswalk – however, they do not always do this, and as a result, hundreds of Texans are killed every year. Carabin Shaw has represented pedestrians’ personal injury or wrongful death claims in San Antonio for 30 years. We have the experience and resources necessary to represent your personal injury or wrongful death claim. Contact a team who cares today at 800-862-1260.