This year Houston Police have noticed a concerning rise in the number of auto-pedestrian accidents occurring in the Houston area. One area that has been the focus of this problem is a stretch of Bellaire Boulevard running through Houston’s Chinatown neighborhood. Since the beginning of the year 3 people have been hit and killed by passing cars along this stretch of road. Residents of this area have noted a combination of factors which seem to make this roadway so dangerous including, road construction, dangerous driving habits, and pedestrians’ failure to follow traffic rules. Although this stretch of Bellaire Boulevard has received much of the attention for the uptick in accidents the factors contributing to those accidents are present all over the Houston area.
These incidents bring into focus the importance of pedestrian traffic regulations. Despite popular perception pedestrians can be just as much at fault in a collision as a driver. Both drivers and pedestrians have a responsibility to observe traffic rules, and failure to do so can result in legal liability if that failure results in harm to another.
If you find yourself involved in an auto-pedestrian accident the first thing to do is simply stop right where you are. As a driver you can face criminal charges if you leave the scene of an accident, even if you are not at fault for causing the accident. Additionally it is important to stop to make sure you are not hurt and to check your vehicle for damage. As a pedestrian it is important to stop as the shock from the impact may keep you from realizing the full extent of your injuries in the moments after the accident. If you find yourself to be injured seek medical attention immediately as some injuries may not become apparent until later on without a medical examination. After getting medical attention the next best step is to contact an attorney to represent you, especially if you have been harmed or suffered any kind of damages. If the other party was the cause of the accident, an attorney will not only help you hold the other party legally liable for the harm you have suffered but will also handle issues with insurance companies to make the process as easy and quick as possible.
The attorneys and staff at Ben Bronston and Associates have many years of experience helping those involved in traffic accidents in Texas navigate the often-times confusing legal system to get the legal recovery they deserve. If you have been injured due to the negligence of someone else call us and our attorneys will work tirelessly to get the best result possible for you.