Girl Killed In Pedestrian Crash
It can be devastating for a parent to deal with the fact that they didn’t get to the bus stop in time to pick up their child and if they were just a few minutes earlier, their child might still be alive. Sadly, this is the case for a Houston family, whose girl was killed after crossing the street after getting off the school bus.
The fatal pedestrian accident happened on the afternoon of October 13 in the 9600 block of West Montgomery Road in Houston. A 6-year-old girl, a first-grader at Anderson Academy, was walking home after she got off the school bus. She was crossing the street, but not in a crosswalk, when she was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.
Her mother was on her way to pick her up. She turned a corner and saw her daughter under the truck. She tried to help the girl and while she was able to stand up, she then fell down. The girl was taken to a local hospital, where she later died.
The driver of the truck, an unidentified man, remained at the accident scene. The cause of the crash is unknown. The driver was not intoxicated at the time of the crash. Police are reviewing the driver’s cell phone records to determine if the phone was in use and possibly contributed to the accident. The crash is still under investigation by the Houston Police Department, which will pursue criminal charges if necessary.
While the school district said that the girl was dropped off at 4:44 p.m. that day, the mother said the bus came earlier than expected. Bus drop-off times are inconsistent, with some parents having to wait up to 90 minutes for the bus to come.
Children and Pedestrian Accidents
Young children are prone to pedestrian accidents. Most pedestrian crashes involving young children happen between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., which are known as the after school hours. Many children do not know the rules and laws about being a pedestrian. They may believe that the driver will stop for them if they are in the road. As seen in this case, that is not always true.
Children need to know what to do at crosswalks and intersections. They should be taught that a green light does not necessarily mean it is safe to cross the road. Many drivers run red lights or refuse to yield the right of way to pedestrians, so children should always look both ways before crossing.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Drivers need to be aware of children walking and waiting near bus stops. Younger children may not be aware of the dangers of vehicles and may not know to cross roads in crosswalks.
Having a child killed in a car accident is a devastating situation. Seek legal help from the Houston pedestrian accident attorneys at The West Law Office, PLLC. We can assess your situation and help you understand your rights to financial recovery. Learn more by scheduling a free consultation. Call our office at 281-347-3247 or fill out the online form.