Houston — Woman Killed in Bicycle vs. 18-Wheeler Collision on Southwest Freeway
Posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at 9:31 pm by Williams Hart
At around 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2019, a woman was killed in a bicycle vs. 18-wheeler collision that occurred in Houston, Texas.
According to initial reports, the 64-year-old woman was riding in a bicycle northbound on South Gessner Road when she attempted to cross the Southwest Freeway service road intersection. At the same time, an 18-wheeler, also traveling northbound on South Gessner, began turning right onto the Southwest Freeway service road. As a result, the female bicyclist was struck by the 18-wheeler’s trailer.
The victim was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Meanwhile, the driver of the 18-wheeler remained at the scene and showed no signs of intoxication.
Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the unidentified woman. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. 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, an accident involving a tractor-trailer is another kind of vehicular accident, and it is a deadly one just because of the fact that a tractor-trailer is one of the largest and most dangerous vehicles in the world. It is estimated that there are more than 2 million tractor-trailers roaming in the United States, and each year, they get involved in about 500,000 accidents. And since the size of a tractor-trailer is enormous, the results of this kind of accident are catastrophic, from a severe injury to death.
Vehicular accidents, especially those involving bicycles and trucks, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in bicycle/truck 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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