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Houston — Woman Dead After Being Struck by Car While Crossing Westheimer Road

Posted on Thursday, April 11th, 2019 at 7:40 pm    

At approximately 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, a 27-year-old woman was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident that occurred in west Houston, Texas.

According to initial reports, the woman was crossing the street in the 11900 block of Westheimer Road, but not at a crosswalk, when she was struck by a red Dodge Challenger driven by 23-year-old Brandon Rashad Lehman. Witnesses claimed that the Challenger was traveling westbound at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash.

The woman was then thrown up on the trunk of the car and carried several blocks before the vehicle finally stopped. She was then pronounced dead at the scene.

Lehman stayed at the scene, and he showed some signs of intoxication. He is now in custody and has been charged with failure to stop and render aid and intoxicated manslaughter.

Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the unidentified pedestrian. Alas, she is not the only one whose life is taken away by a car accident. Car accidents are a problem in this day and age, and yet, they still continue to happen on a regular basis. 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.

Car accidents, especially the auto-pedestrian ones, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car 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 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.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Houston — 3-Alarm Fire Rips Through Houston Apartment

Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2019 at 6:10 am    

On Friday, February 8, 2019, several apartment homes were charred and others were damaged after a three-alarm fire that occurred in Houston’s Galleria.

The Houston Fire Department Assistant Chief Michael Mire reported that the fire started at approximately 11:20 a.m. at The Plaza on Westheimer near Hillcroft Avenue. According to witnesses who called 911, the fire started in a second-story unit, and then it spread to the top floor just above.

Firefighters immediately began to tackle the blaze, but the cold, northerly winds and the layout of the complex made the task difficult. Because of this, authorities pulled a second alarm on the fire, and then a third one within minutes. At the end of the day, about 75 firefighters were on the scene to help.

Arson investigators are still working to determine how the fire started. There have been no injuries that are reported as of right now. But the families who lived in the apartment complex have been displaced because of this accident.

It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the families because of this fire accident. Alas, this is not the first time that a fire accident affected the lives of countless people. Fire accidents are alarmingly common in the United States. Statistics show that in 2017, there were about 1,319,500 fire accidents that occurred in the country, and from that number, 3,400 people died and 14,670 were injured. It has also been noted that in terms of gender, more men die and get injured in fires than women, while in terms of race, African American males and American Indian males have the highest death rates per million population.

Moreover, in 2016, there were three states that had the most number of fire deaths, and these states were California, Texas, and Georgia.

Some of the common causes of fire for both residential buildings and non-residential buildings are cooking, unintentional/careless, intentional, and electric malfunction.

Fires can be incredibly appalling in all aspects for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers out there who specialize in accidents like this. So, if you are a victim of a fire accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. Fire accident lawyers/explosion accident lawyers will be more than willing to 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.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.

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