Pedestrian Critically Injured by Vehicles at Riverside and Lakeshore in Austin, TX
Austin, TX -- May 15, 2022, a pedestrian was struck by multiple vehicles and critically injured on East Riverside Drive in Austin.
Authorities say the incident happened around 2:35 a.m. on the 1700 block of East Riverside at South Lakeshore Boulevard. The circumstances of the accident aren't clear, but reports say the pedestrian was struck by multiple vehicles in the area and suffered life-threatening injuries. They were transported to a local hospital in critical condition.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Auto-Pedestrian Accident on Riverside Dr in Austin
Something not a lot of people realize after pedestrian accidents is that they're more complex than simply learning who had the right of way. I've seen way too many folks just blame a pedestrian unless they were in a crosswalk with a signal to cross. That may be the ideal way for someone to step into the road, but the law also holds drivers responsible for avoiding any and all accidents they reasonably can.
Take the incident in Austin, for example: Reports only say the victim was in the road when they were hit by several vehicles. The mentioned intersection is light-controlled with crosswalks, so it's not even certain whether the victim crossed against the lights. Assuming they did, though, jaywalking still doesn't mean they were automatically at fault for the crash that seriously injured them.
If a careful investigation finds that the one or more of the drivers involved were doing something that prevented them from reacting appropriately, they could be responsible for the collision whether or not the victim had the right-of-way. On the other side of that, if evidence shows the driver had no way to reasonably avoid the victim then it would be unfair to hold them accountable for that.
I don't say all that to muddy the waters or to suggest that pedestrians always have the right-of-way (another common misconception), but it's important folks keep in mind that these accidents are not always as straightforward as they may think. A full investigation must be conducted and in the meantime the victim deserves the benefit of the doubt.