After many pedestrian accidents in a specific area in the Texas city of Victoria, residents are asking for measures to be taken to reduce such accidents. Residents say that most people in that area do not own cars and get where they want to be on foot. Many believe that better lighting and more traffic lights may improve the situation and reduce the risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. The public works director says nothing is malfunctioning so far as he knows and that no plans to conduct surveys or make any changes are in the pipeline.
The latest incident occurred in the early evening of a late December day. A 62-year-old husband and his 60-year-old wife reportedly went for a regular evening walk and were struck by an SUV as they crossed a local roadway. Police reported that both pedestrians were transported to a local hospital, and the wife was later transferred to the surgical ICU of another healthcare facility. Both are reported to be stable.
Reportedly, four other pedestrians were hit by vehicles in this area during the past four months. A student suffered a fractured arm when he was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver in a crosswalk in September. A 60-year-old pedestrian suffered a brain injury in November and was released to a nursing home after a month-long hospital stay. Two fatal pedestrian accidents occurred in the same area in November and December.
After suffering injuries, or losing a loved one, in a pedestrian accident, injured victims and the surviving family members of fatal victims are entitled to pursue claims for financial damages against any party deemed negligent in causing or contributing to the accident. Properly documented evidence of negligence on the part of another party, along with successful presentation may result in a Texas court awarding a monetary judgment for documented financial losses. In cases where the evidence suggests that a governmental body was negligent in designing or maintaining a stretch of roadway, it may be appropriate to add that entity as a defendant in any contemplated litigation.
Source: victoriaadvocate.com, "Residents worry about pedestrian safety in their neighborhoods", Bianca Montes , Natassia Bonyanpour, Dec. 30, 2014