No doubt, many Texas drivers can understand how easy it can be to exceed the speed limit while behind the wheel, particularly with a wide-open road ahead. However, most people, when faced with such a temptation, will closely monitor the situation and drive responsibly, knowing that car accidents can result from speeding. Unfortunately, though, some people still drive too fast, sometimes causing a tragic outcome. Such was the case recently when two pedestrians were killed by a speeding SUV on a Houston roadway.
The horrific accident happened late on a Monday evening. Reportedly, two men, both 38 years old, were walking on the road when a northbound SUV struck and killed them. The driver then swerved off the road, hitting a utility pole. A family member has said the men were cousins and they were on their way to their grandfather’s house at the time.
According to investigators, the driver was not intoxicated at the time of the crash. However, evidence indicates he had been traveling well over the posted speed limit. A dentist whose practice is located near the crash site has said he frequently sees drivers speeding in the area, creating an ongoing safety issue in the community. Two years ago, the city agreed to install a pedestrian crossing sign, but he says they need a stoplight.
As everyone knows, car accidents can happen for many different reasons, but reckless driving behavior, including speeding, is often the cause. When the investigation concludes, this driver may very well face serious criminal charges. Separate from these charges, the victims’ families may consider pursuing the matter through the Texas civil justice system. An attorney experienced in this area of the law can help them understand their legal options.