Posted on Sunday, April 14th, 2019 at 9:48 pm
At around 10:20 a.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019, a man was killed after he was struck by a train in San Antonio, Texas.
According to police reports, Giovanni Pansza-Orosco, 23, was walking along the train tracks near Zarzamora Street and Merida Street when a train was fast approaching. The train’s conductor reported that he sounded the train’s horn to warn Pansza-Orosco, but the pedestrian just turned around and looked at the conductor before continuing to walk along the tracks. As a result, Pansza-Orosco was struck by the train and was dragged about 100 yards. He was then pronounced dead at the scene.
After the collision, the conductor stopped the train and notified Union Pacific Railroad.
Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Giovanni Pansza-Orosco. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a vehicular accident. 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.
Vehicular accidents are reported to be deadly for pedestrians particularly. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimates that the number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. is 6,000 in 2017. This is a 27% increase from 2007 to 2016, and it is said that the number in 2017 is a 25-year high.
Additionally, there are five states that had the most number of pedestrian fatalities in 2017, and these are California, Florida, New York, Arizona, and Texas. These states accounted for about 43% of pedestrian fatalities during the first half of 2017 despite the fact that they are home to only 30% of the U.S. population. The GHSA also claims that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to this kind of accident.
Moreover, an accident involving a train is another particular kind of vehicular accident, and though it is not as common as the other kinds, it can still be quite deadly. The National Transportation Safety Bureau has reported that almost every 2 hours, a person or a vehicle is hit by a train in the United States. A few of the common scenarios in this kind of vehicular accident include derailment, train-train collisions, train-car collisions, train-person collisions, and damage to property.
Additionally, studies have shown that nearly 1,000 people die every year in the U.S. due to a train accident.
Vehicular accidents, particularly the auto-pedestrian and train ones, are undeniably devastating to the victims and their respective families. They can also be complicated. Thankfully, there are lawyers who are experienced in cases like this, 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 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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