College Station — Pedestrian Struck at the Wellborn Road-George Bush Drive Intersection
Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2019 at 8:22 pm
Early on the morning of Friday, January 18, 2019, a male pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Wellborn Road and George Bush Drive.
According to the College Station Police Department, the pedestrian made the mistake of crossing the street at a time that was not yet permitted by the crosswalk indicator lights. The vehicle was traveling south on Wellborn Road, which had the green light to indicate that it could proceed through the intersection, and as a result, it struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian was then brought to the hospital with incapacitating injuries.
The investigation of this accident is still ongoing.
Car accidents like this are fairly common nowadays. In a statistics done by the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and there is always a car accident that results in death every 16 minutes. This can be translated to roughly about 6 million car accidents every year and about 90 people dying in car accidents every day just in the U.S. alone.
However, car accidents are especially deadly for pedestrians. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimates that the number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. is about 6,000 in 2017. The number is up by 27% from 2007 to 2016, and it is said that the number in 2017 is a 25-year high.
Additionally, there are 5 states that are said to be the worst in terms of pedestrian fatalities. These are California, Florida, New York, Arizona, and Texas. These states accounted for about 43% of pedestrian fatalities during the first half of 2017 even though they are home to only 30% of the U.S. population. The GHSA also reports that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to this kind of accident.
If you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then don’t lose hope. The police will always be there for you, but more than that, car accident lawyers/personal injury lawyers are also willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.