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Two people are dead following a three-vehicle crash in Austin, Texas. The crash occurred on Sunday, August 14, at around 1 p.m.

The Three-Vehicle Crash

On Sunday, August 14, around 1 p.m., a black Chevrolet Suburban was traveling southbound on State Highway 130.

According to authorities, the Chevrolet crossed the highway median and struck a Ford pickup truck traveling northbound on SH-130. 

Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on the scene and found two adults pinned inside their vehicles. They pronounced the two individuals dead on the scene. ATCEMS stated that the two individuals were the drivers of the Chevrolet Suburban and the Ford pickup truck.

Authorities are unsure what caused the Chevrolet to cross the highway median, but they suspect speed could be a factor.

A secondary crash involving a grey Chevrolet Malibu occurred shortly after this initial collision. The driver of the Malibu was not injured during the crash and refused EMS transport.

SH-130 just north of FM 969 was shut down in both directions for several hours following the crash.

There is no other information regarding the crash at this time.

Car Crash Statistics

Each year, the number of car crashes and car crash fatalities appear to rise. Awareness of these accidents increases every year, but it seems like nothing changes. The change has to start with individual drivers. To better understand the impact of car crashes each year, it can help to look at the straight facts.

Below are crash statistics compiled from reports done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Safety Council (NSC), and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):

  • In 2021, an estimated 42,915 people died in motor vehicle accidents. This is a 10.5% increase from the number of crash fatalities in 2020.
  • In 2020, approximately 4.8 million people were injured in motor vehicle accidents.
  • In 2020, the estimated total cost of car crashes was $474 billion.
  • From 2020 to 2021, all but six states reported an increase in traffic deaths.
  • In 2020, 29% of motor vehicle crash deaths involved speeding.
  • In 2020, 6% of fatal car crashes involved distracted driving.
  • In 2020, 633 people died as a result of drowsy driving.
  • Between 1975 and 2020, there have been two male crash deaths for every female crash death almost every year.
  • Between 1982 and 2020, speeding was a factor in more car crashes with male drivers than female drivers.

Every car crash that occurs can leave victims with physical, mental, and emotional damage. It can be easy for drivers to simply get in their vehicle and do whatever it takes to reach their destination. However, every driver is responsible for following the traffic laws and safely sharing the road with others. If each driver committed to safe driving, the number of crashes and crash fatalities could significantly decrease.

Reach out to your Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns today to get started on your car accident claim.

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Source: KVUE, Fox7Austin

About Keith Lapeze

Keith Lapeze co-founded Lapeze & Johns with the focus of delivering dependable legal services to individuals hurt in accidents caused by negligence. After graduating third in his class from Louisiana State University Law Center, Mr. Lapeze continued his calling through commercial, environmental, and tort litigation where he is admitted to practice in both Texas and Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Read more about Keith Lapeze here.