Harris County Sheriff’s deputies report that a man was struck and killed by an SUV on FM-1960 just before midnight. According to law enforcement officials, the incident occurred near Theiss Road in northern Harris County. Eyewitness reports state that the man, who was wearing dark clothing, walked out in front of a small red SUV before the woman driving the vehicle could see him and stop. The driver stopped at the scene to render aid and to wait for authorities, however the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the victim has not yet been released and no charges are expected to be filed in the case. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, a pedestrian is either injured or killed every seven minutes. Accidents involving pedestrians and motor vehicles claim the lives of over 5,000 people per year in the United States, while an additional 100,000 pedestrians are injured in automobile and pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians and drivers should also know that distracted walking is becoming as much of a problem as distracted driving. As is the case with drivers, pedestrians can also be distracted by their smartphones, MP3 players, PDA’s or even books. 58% of pedestrian accidents occur when they are trying to cross the street, and the pedestrian was at fault for 43% of these reported incidents. Of course, pedestrians need to obey traffic laws just as surely as drivers do. However, drivers of motor vehicles must be vigilant to look for pedestrians. Pedestrians should make use of sidewalks and crosswalks as whenever they are available. In those areas where there is no sidewalk available, or there is a shoulder, always walk facing traffic. When a pedestrian faces oncoming traffic, it is easier for both the pedestrian to see the oncoming traffic and for drivers to see the pedestrian and allows for more of a reaction time for both. When walking after sundown, wearing white or light colors is sometimes just not enough. If you’re walking outside at night, make sure that drivers can see you. A more effective way to make sure that you are seen is to wear reflective clothing, shoes or lights. These lights and reflective strips more easily gain the attention of drivers and let them know that you are there. Avoid wearing dark colors, especially black. If you or a loved one has been in a pedestrian accident involving a motor vehicle, medical expenses surrounding recovery can be staggering. The costs of long term recovery, or even a permanent injury can be very expensive. You deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Give our offices a call to discuss your specific case. We will take the time to listen and to help you navigate through not only your legal concerns, but those surrounding insurance as well. Your initial consultation with an attorney is free of charge and our associates have years of experience in the Texas courts. We pride ourselves on providing sound, successful strategies in helping you reach a satisfactory settlement.