Houston, TX (December 11, 2021) – A male bicyclist lost his life after he was fatally struck by a vehicle that then fled the scene. The incident was reported to authorities in Houston at approximately 3:22 a.m. on the morning of December 11.
Sources say the man was headed north in an inside lane of Ella Boulevard when a vehicle struck him from behind and then left without stopping to render aid. Another unknown vehicle then struck his bicycle after it landed in a northbound inside lane, according to information from police.
Reports indicate that the collision occurred in the 8800 block of Ella Boulevard near Winter Bay Lane. Responders arrived at the scene to find an unresponsive man lying in a grass median. He was pronounced deceased on-site by paramedics.
What led up to the crash remains under local law enforcement investigation at this time. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office vehicular crimes division continues to investigate.
We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Pedestrian Accidents in Texas
Information gathered by the Texas Department of Transportation states that one in five fatal traffic collisions in Texas involve a pedestrian. In 2020, the Lone Star State saw close to 5,000 pedestrian crashes that resulted in approximately 1,200 injuries and 730 deaths. This was about a nine percent increase in pedestrian fatalities from the previous year.
Pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable users of the road because they are not equipped with protective gear like seat belts, airbags, and bumpers. All drivers share an important responsibility to abide by the rules of the road in order to lessen the number of pedestrian deaths. Some tips to prevent a deadly encounter include:
- Especially when turning, always yield the right-of-way to those walking/riding bikes
- Avoid distractions while driving, put your phone away/on silent until you reach your destination
- Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks
- Use caution when passing stopped buses/other vehicles
If you or someone you love has recently been hurt in a pedestrian accident in Texas, a Texas personal injury lawyer may be able to help you recover. You may be suffering physically, emotionally, and financially after being hurt in an accident. Especially if your crash was caused by a negligent driver, you may be eligible to collect financial compensation that can help cover medical costs, lost wages, and more.
Houston Wrongful Death Attorneys
Losing a family member due to the reckless, negligent, or careless actions of another person is devastating. Absolutely no one should have to go through this, but, unfortunately, people deal with situations like this every day. No one wants to think about finances while they are grieving over a lost loved one, however, it is often an unfortunate consequence of suffering a sudden and unexpected loss. Houston wrongful death attorneys at Williams Hart & Boundas have decades of experience in helping our clients determine their damages and wrongful death settlements that can be recovered when they file a wrongful death lawsuit. Damages may entail funeral expenses, medical bills, loss of the decedent’s future earnings/benefits, and even things like loss of companionship/affection.
Financial compensation may also be collected for the mental and emotional pain and suffering you have endured due to the loss of your loved one. Punitive damages may be awarded if their death was caused by gross criminal negligence. There are many avenues a lawyer can take to get you the compensation you deserve after losing someone you love.
At Williams Hart & Boundas, our wrongful death lawyers in Houston will treat you with respect and compassion as we work to hold the party responsible for your loved one’s passing accountable for the losses you and your family have endured. With our help, you will be able to determine how much compensation is needed by your family now and in the future. Call our law firm as soon as you can to discuss your case for free. You can reach us online or by phone at 213-230-2200. Call us as soon as you can to speak with an experienced attorney regarding your case.
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Disclaimer: We write these posts with the intention of providing general information about driving safety with the hope that people will slow down and use an abundance of caution when operating a motor vehicle and avoid being seriously injured in an accident. If you are in an accident, we want to make sure that you know how to react appropriately. This post is not intended to be deemed as legal or medical advice of any kind. The picture used in this post was not taken at the actual accident scene.