Houston — Bicyclist Dead After Being Struck by School Bus in Heights
Posted on Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 7:56 pm by Williams Hart
At approximately 3:05 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019, a bicyclist was killed after he was struck by a school bus in Houston, Texas.
According to the Houston Police Department Vehicular Crimes Unit Lt. Thurston Roberson, the bicyclist, who was said to be in his 20s, was traveling northbound in the bike lane on Heights Boulevard when he collided with a school bus that was traveling eastbound on East 8th Street. The bicyclist attempted to avoid the bus, but instead, he slid underneath the vehicle and was struck by the back axle. The bicyclist was then pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the bus and the 8-year-old passenger inside were uninjured.
Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the unidentified bicyclist. 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.
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.
Furthermore, an accident involving a bus is a particular kind of vehicular accident, and it is fairly common even though buses are often deemed as a safe mode of transportation. According to the NHTSA, between 2000 and 2007, there have been 1,093 fatal bus accidents, and from this number, about 1,315 people died, and 3,471 were injured. In other words, about 137 bus-crash-related fatalities occur ever year.
Vehicular accidents, especially bicycle and bus accidents, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in bus accidents/bicycle 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 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 (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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