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Car Accident Injures Two Pedestrians

Emma D'Arpino5 months ago

KFMD News reported that a motor vehicle accident that happened in Orange County, Texas injured two pedestrians.

Details about the Auto-Pedestrian Accident

On Saturday night, two pedestrians were injured after being struck by a Ford pickup truck. According to the driver of the vehicle, she could not see the pedestrians due to obscured vision by the sun. When the driver did notice the girls, she made an effort to avoid hitting the girls by swerving her vehicle. However, the door mirror on the car struck both girls.

18-year-old Samantha Bethal was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other pedestrian, who was 14-years-old, was transported by a medical helicopter to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston with serious injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.

Troopers are investigating the crash in order to determine the exact causes of the accident.

Important Information About Auto-Pedestrian Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are thousands of wrongful deaths of pedestrians involved in motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States:

  • In 2011, 4,432 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. This number of pedestrian fatalities was a 3% increase from 2010.
  • During the same year, about 69,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes.
  • Additionally, in 2011 88% of pedestrian fatalities occurred in clear/cloudy weather conditions.
  • Important Safety Reminders for Pedestrians:
  • The NHTSA advises that pedestrians use a sidewalk or path whenever they are available.
  • Additionally, the NHTSA advises that as a pedestrian you should never assume a driver sees you, and you should try to make eye contact with drivers as they approach to ensure you are seen.
  • Furthermore, it is important that pedestrians be predictable, and cross at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible.

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