January 31, 2012
A woman crossing an Austin, Texas, street yesterday evening was seriously injured when she was struck by a bus. According to reports from KXAN News, the woman was hit at approximately 6:40 in the evening at the corner of Jollyville Road and West Braker Lane.
The Austin police department and witnesses to the accident say that the woman was crossing the street in a crosswalk when she was struck by a bus making a left hand turn. The victim remained beneath the bus until paramedics could arrive and pull her free. She was then taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge to be treated for numerous injuries.
While the accident is tragic, it does highlight the need for pedestrians and motorists to be aware of one another and to practice safe traveling habits. Pedestrians should always wear light-colored or reflective clothing if you are going to be walking at night. Carrying a light doesn’t hurt either. Most importantly, always cross the street at a crosswalk and obey traffic signals.
Motorists are required by law to give right of way to pedestrians using crosswalks. The number one reason why drivers hit pedestrians is because they claim to have not seen them.
The Austin auto accident attorneys with Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers often handle cases for victims of car accidents that have been hurt no fault of their own. Contact an experienced attorney today for a free initial consultation.