Man fatally stricken by SUV in Harlingen, per report
by Benjamin Treviño | November 22nd, 2023 | Blog
HARLINGEN — Police in Harlingen say an investigation is underway after a man was struck and killed by an SUV.
As reported by Valley Central: At 4:23 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to the 1500 block of N. Ed Carey Drive in reference to auto-pedestrian crash, a news release from the Harlingen Police Department stated.
When officers arrived, they found a man lying on the roadway next to a white SUV. The officers began providing medical attention to the man, who was identified as 22-year-old Marcus Jose Vigil.
Officers learned that the white SUV was travelling north on Ed Carey Drive when it allegedly struck the man in the roadway. Police added that the driver of the SUV stopped immediately and a bystander called emergency services to the scene.
Vigil was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.
The case is being investigated by the Harlingen Highway Enforcement Unit.
Do pedestrians always have the right of way in Texas?
In a word, the answer is no. A pedestrian who is jaywalking or doing something else illegal on a Texas roadway can be considered negligent. In some cases, a pedestrian can even be held responsible for causing a car accident.
Jaywalking is against the law in Texas, and occurs when a pedestrian crosses a roadway where regulations do not permit doing so. Pedestrians must yield to all vehicles when crossing a street without using a crosswalk.
However, there are many situations in which the pedestrian does have the right of way. These include instances in which the person is using a crosswalk, or crossing at an intersection when the ‘walk’ signal is displayed, or when the pedestrian is lawfully on the sidewalk. Children who are boarding or getting off a school bus always have the right of way.
If the motorist is negligent, and hits a pedestrian, the pedestrian might well have good cause for seeking financial compensation for his or her injuries. Drivers can be deemed to be negligent if they are found to have been speeding, drinking and driving, texting while driving, or simply not paying attention.
How can pedestrians protect themselves from vehicles?
If you are jogging or walking near a roadway, you can take the following steps to keep yourself safe:
• Wear bright or reflective clothing, especially at night
• Look left, right, and left again before crossing at intersections
• Avoid crossing the street between parked vehicles
• Check for traffic before stepping off a bus
• When crossing at an intersection, try making eye contact with the driver.
Call the J. Gonzalez Law Firm
The consequences of auto-pedestrian accidents are often devastating. If you’ve been injured by a driver who wasn’t behaving responsibly behind the wheel, you should seriously consider speaking with a lawyer.
The injury attorneys at J. Gonzalez Law Firm have years of experience handling personal injury cases in this area. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-CAR CRASH.