The San Antonio Police Department announced that a woman lost her life in a pedestrian accident on the night of Jan. 10 shortly after leaving a North Side Bar. Initial reports state that the man behind the wheel of the Ford F-150 pickup truck involved pulled over after striking the woman to render aid. Police say that they do not intend to file any charges in connection with the incident.
The accident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on the northbound lanes of West Avenue near Trudell Drive. Police say that the woman was lying in the street in a dimly lit area when she was struck in the head by the pickup truck. Emergency workers from the San Antonio Fire Department and San Antonio EMS responded to the scene along with SAPD officers. They pronounced the woman dead soon after arriving.
Rising pedestrian fatalities
Pedestrian injuries and fatalities in San Antonio have risen sharply in the last few years. In October 2020, the Texas Department of Transportation announced a safety initiative designed to ensure that drivers yield the right of way to pedestrians when turning and stop for them in crosswalks in accordance with state law. Officials launched the campaign when 2019 accident data revealed that 72 San Antonio pedestrians lost their lives and a further 131 suffered serious injuries in accidents involving motor vehicles.
Seeking compensation for accident victims
Pedestrians who are injured by reckless or negligent drivers may seek compensation by taking legal action. When pursuing this kind of litigation, personal injury attorneys with experience in car and truck accident cases may seek damages for lost income as well as medical bills and other expenses if their clients suffered injuries that prevented them from going to work.