San Antonio — Woman Hit, Killed While Trying to Cross Northwest Loop 410
Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 10:07 pm by Williams Hart
On the morning of Saturday, April 6, 2019, a woman was killed after she got involved in two separate accidents in San Antonio, Texas.
According to initial reports, Ruby Martinez, 25, was at first involved in a crash with a van on Northwest Loop 410, near Vance Jackson Road. She and the van’s driver, John Anthony Castro, got out of their vehicles and started to walk along the highway. However, a pickup truck drove by and struck Martinez. The impact instantly killed her.
The police tested Castro, and they found him to be intoxicated. They then arrested him on DWI charges. Meanwhile, the driver of the pickup that struck Martinez stopped and stayed at the scene and is not expected to face any charges.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Ruby Martinez. Sadly, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Car 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.
Car 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.
The three common causes of car accidents are speeding, driving while distracted, and DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol). DUI, in particular, is quite appalling. The NHTSA reports that about 28 people die every day because of drunken driving crashes, and in 2010, 10,228 died in DUI accidents while about 345,000 were injured. All these numbers paint a terrible picture indeed.
Car accidents, especially the DUI and auto-pedestrian ones, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/DUI accidents/auto-pedestrian 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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