In San Antonio, Texas, a teenage boy was walking on Loop 410 when several cars hit the boy. Unfortunately, the boy who we believe was a student at Southwest Independent School District died. The boy was reported missing. Reports also indicate that the boy was autistic. Too often in Texas, in cities like San Antonio and Houston, pedestrians are hit by automobiles, which often result in wrongful death cases. The boy’s family may have questions like how did the boy escape his caretaker? Who was watching him? Could his loss have been protected?
People have stated that the boy was walking erratically in the roadway and at times, walking in the middle of the road. One vehicle, a black 2002 Lincoln LS hit the teen as the he was walking eastbound in between the two main lanes. Other vehicles swerved and missed the child. Other vehicles hit the boy. Could his accident been avoided? Could the vehicles have avoided hitting the boy? Where they driving too fast? The driver of the Lincoln stopped at the scene.
Not too long ago, there was another pedestrian accident when a female pedestrian was killed on the East Side. This was a hit-and-run accident on the 6100 block of FM 78. The victim was on the right shoulder next to the roadway when she was killed.
A third accident in New Braunfels Texas, a man escaped traumatic injury. He was injured after a driver crashed into him. A report indicates that the driver had swerved to avoid an animal, but hit the man instead. The victim went out in the early morning to exercise.
What can Texas do to avoid these types of accidents? Drivers should always keep a proper look out. People who are walking or running on the road where there are no sidewalks should run against traffic and not along with traffic.
Article by Richard D. Weaver, a Texas lawyer.