There is always a risk to pedestrians being struck by cars in Texas and other states. Even when pedestrians are walking in safe areas and following the laws, they can be hit by a vehicle that leaves the road due to a collision or driver negligence. The risk is generally low but when this type of accident does happen, the injuries can be significant. A recent crash in Austin left several injured, including pedestrians and a driver of one of the vehicles involved.
The accident happened one evening on Barton Springs Road in Austin. The initial crash involved a vehicle that T-boned another on the roadway. This caused one of the vehicles to leave the roadway and strike a group of pedestrians on a nearby sidewalk. Authorities responded to the scene to find that 11 people suffered various injuries.
Nine victims were transported to local hospitals after the crash. Of those victims, eight were pedestrians and the other was a driver of one of the vehicles involved. Some of the victims suffered serious and possibly life-threatening injuries. Two suffered minor injuries and did not require hospitalization. The investigation of this accident is ongoing, and no one has been charged at this time.
Car accidents involving pedestrians often have very serious consequences, sometimes even fatal. Victims and/or their families may incur many expenses related to their injuries. If the evidence suggests another party was negligent and that negligence was the proximate cause of the injuries suffered, the victim or — in the case of a fatality — the victim’s surviving family members can sue the person believed at fault for damages. When anyone in Texas finds themselves in such circumstances, it’s advisable to consult an experienced personal injury attorney.