Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at 9:34 pm
At approximately 12:45 a.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2019, a bicycle officer was struck by an SUV while he was working in Arlington, Texas.
According to initial reports, the officer was working an off-duty assignment at AT&T Stadium when he responded to a call in the 800 block of North Collins Street. He and another officer were on their way to the scene on their bikes. However, as he was crossing North Collins Street, he was struck by an SUV. The driver did not stop to help the officer.
The officer was then brought to the hospital and was released about three hours later.
On Monday, the driver of the SUV, 37-year-old Steven Turner, turned himself in after he was contacted by Lyft. He is then charged with failure to stop and render aid. He also had misdemeanor warrants for his arrest out of Fort Worth.
It is great to hear that the officer did not sustain major injuries in this accident. Alas, there are countless other victims who are not as lucky. Vehicular accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In a statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.
An accident involving a bicycle is a particular kind of vehicular accident, and it is one that is more common than anyone is inclined to think. In fact, the NHTSA reports that roughly 677 people died and about 38,000 were injured in bicycle crashes in 2011. However, since bicycle riders are not required to register their bicycles or get a license, the number of fatalities and injuries may actually be bigger. Additionally, about 90% of all bicycle injuries are never officially reported by police agencies. Because of this, the exact percentage of bicycle accidents, fatalities and injuries because of bicycle accidents will be difficult to determine.
Additionally, another particular kind of vehicular accident that is quite common and deadly is a hit-and-run. According to a study done by roadside-assistance giant AAA, there were 2,049 hit-and-run deaths that occurred in 2016. This number is the highest annual total on record, and in the decade leading up to that number, 682,000 hit-and-run crashes happened each year.
Vehicular accidents, especially bicycle and hit-and-run accidents, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/bicycle accidents/hit-and-run accidents, so 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 please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The Houston attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (888) 220-0640 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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