Two people were killed and an infant was left critically injured following a head-on collision involving two pickup trucks in Harris County. An investigation into the incident is still underway, but preliminary reporting suggests speed may have been a factor. Alcohol consumption is also suspected.
The collision occurred on the 1700 block of S. Main in Highlands just before 10 p.m. on Dec. 7th.
A witness reported to authorities that they saw a black Chevrolet Silverado speed past them prior to the incident. Soon after, the witness came across the same truck after it had crashed into a white Chevrolet Silverado.
The speeding black truck left its side of the road and headed into oncoming traffic, leading to the collision. The drivers of both trucks died before authorities arrived on the scene.
A baby who was riding in the back seat of the white pickup was airlifted to a hospital with critical injuries.
Police told reporters that the toxicology report of the driver of the black pickup would probably take weeks to receive, but they suspect alcohol may have played a role in the accident.
This incident remains under investigation.
The Role Age Plays in Texas Car Accidents
There is a wealth of information to be gained by examining the ages of those involved in car crashes. The vast majority of passengers killed in Texas car accidents are between the age of 21 and 35. 21-year-olds were the most represented in these fatalities at 22 deaths, but 16-year-olds make a close second at 21 deaths. These two age groups are particularly likely to be involved in car accidents in the state.
While significantly more drivers are killed than passengers every year, the age groups of drivers killed are similar, with one exception. Drivers below the age of 18 saw fewer deaths, as is to be expected. Surprisingly, there were fewer deceased 16-year-old drivers than 84-year-old drivers. The age group that saw the most driver deaths was 22-year-olds at 60 deaths.
This goes to show that while experience does play a role in the likelihood that a driver will be involved in a fatal crash, those in the youngest groups aren’t necessarily included in that trend. There are several reasons this might be true: first, younger drivers are more likely to be accompanied by a more experienced driver. Younger drivers might also be less likely to assume they can handle higher speeds or riskier behaviors, while a slightly older person might be overconfident.
With this in mind, it seems clear that the key to avoiding a car accident is careful driving. If you do have the misfortune of being involved in a car accident, you may be owed compensation if the crash was the result of someone else’s action or negligence.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a Texas truck or car accident, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, to learn about your options for legal relief.