• June 06, 2017

Pedestrian Injured in Houston, TX, Taxi Accident near SW Freeway

Houston, TX -- June 6, 2017, a person was injured after an accident where they were struck by a taxi cab while crossing the road.

Houston Police officials reported that the accident happened at around 3:30 a.m. near the intersection of Southwest Freeway and Hillcroft Avenue.

Initial investigations indicate that a man was attempting to cross the roadway near the intersection. An oncoming State Cab taxi somehow failed to notice the pedestrian in time and crashed into him. The victim was thrown onto the roadway in critical condition, and the cab suffered noticeable damage to its hood and windshield.

Reports say CPR was administered at the scene before the victims was transported to Ben Taub Hospital. His current condition is unknown.

No charges or citations were immediately filed. Police say their investigations are ongoing.

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Commentary

It's not really clear yet exactly where this accident happened. Reports seem to imply this didn't happen on the highway itself, but rather the service road area. This could mean the victim was in a crosswalk when this happened, but there's no way to say for sure. One thing is for sure, this accident needs to be examined by a professional investigator. Determining right of way is one thing, but determining who is liable for this accident depends on more than just that.

There's a common myth that pedestrians always have the right of way. This is wholly untrue, and there's a reason that crosswalks and traffic signals exist to facilitate pedestrian travel. Pedestrians have rules they need to follow just as drivers do. Where this misconception stems from is the fact that drivers have a responsibility to avoid pedestrians if at all possible.

For instance, if someone is driving down the highway, and a pedestrian dashes into the road mere feet in front of the vehicle, then it's entirely reasonable that a driver--one who is paying attention to the road and driving at an appropriate speed--wouldn't be able to avoid the pedestrian in time. However, if the pedestrian is a few hundred feet ahead of the car in a well-lit area, then a driver behaving responsibly would have plenty of time to either slow down in time or drive around the pedestrian. If the driver fails to do so, then it needs to be determined why.

In the above example, we can see a scenario in which the pedestrian is violating the vehicle's right of way, but the driver should still be able to avoid an accident. A pedestrian entering a vehicle's path doesn't give the driver a free ticket to hit the pedestrian with no recourse. A driver who fails to avoid an entirely avoidable accident was probably doing something wrong for that to happen--texting, speeding, drunk, etc. This is why a thorough investigation is so important after a pedestrian accident. Determining where each party was at the time isn't enough. The serious injury or death of a victim warrants full consideration of any and all factors that could have contributed to the accident. Anything less is a disservice to those affected by the accident.

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