San Antonio Pedestrian Accident Claims Life of Man in Wheel Chair

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 27-Sep-2013

A San Antonio pedestrian accident on Fredericksburg Road claimed the life of a wheelchair-bound man on Friday morning when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle while crossing the roadway, police revealed.

The man in the wheel chair, who has not yet been identified, was in the roadway at the time of the pedestrian accident in San Antonio. Police are still investigating to uncover why the man may have been in the lanes of traffic before he was struck.

Although his name has been withheld pending notification of kin, authorities said the man was 79-years-old.

Police said the driver of the SUV that hit the pedestrian endured health problems provoked by the incident.

Witnesses told KSAT News they see the man who was in the wheel chair at a nearby bus stop in the area quite often.

San Antonio Pedestrian Attorneys

According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, pedestrian fatalities were one of the only types of accidents that are actually on the rise. In 2011 alone, as many as 4,432 people were killed in pedestrian accidents across the United States. The highest number of pedestrian injuries and incidents occur near high pedestrian traffic areas and places where children frequent, such as:

  • Schools
  • Bus Stops
  • Playgrounds
  • Shopping centers and strip malls
  • Restaurants

As many as 69,000 pedestrians were injured in accidents with more than 15 percent of those injuries occurring among children and young people under the age of 14, according to NHTSA statistics in 2011. In contrast, statistics for pedestrian accidents in 2009 highlighted that more than 16 percent of all people injured in pedestrian accidents were over the age of 65, exhibiting the particular risk of injury that young people and older people have as pedestrians who may use buses, public transportation and walking to get around more than other age groups.

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