Two Injured in Pedestrian Accident on N Moss in West Odessa, TX
West Odessa, TX -- September 13, 2022, two people were hurt following an accident where a vehicle struck pedestrians on North Moss Avenue.
Officials said that the incident happened late on Tuesday at the intersection of North Moss Avenue and West 26th Street.
Right now, the cause of the accident is unclear. Authorities described the incident only as two pedestrians being hit by a vehicle. They were taken to hospitals with serious injuries. Right now, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Pedestrian Accident on North Moss in West Odessa
When it comes to situations like this, folks tend to just assume it all comes down to who had the right-of-way. As important as that is, there can be extenuating circumstances to consider.
Late at night, for example, alcohol is a concern--both for the drivers and the pedestrians. This is because Texas dram shop law says bars and other venues can be liable if they illegally over-serve someone, and that leads to them hurting themselves or someone else. Could it be something like that happened here?
Otherwise, even without alcohol, it's important to consider how the collision could have been avoided. There are times when a pedestrian is maybe in a place they shouldn't be, but they're clearly visible and reasonably avoidable. If a driver fails to avoid someone in that environment, it could be because they were doing something wrong. Are these things that authorities are looking into, or will there need to be more thorough independent investigations?