Three people are dead and four others injured after a violent crash in Harris County, TX.
The crash occurred around 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day. The driver of a Toyota Sienna failed to yield while turning left and was hit by a Toyota Rav4. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, while the others were taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance.
Another passenger died later at the hospital.
The New Year’s Day Crash
The violent crash happened on Barker Cypress Road.
According to Harris County sheriff’s deputies, the 70-year-old driver of a Toyota Sienna was at fault in the crash, but the 32-year-old driver of the Toyota Rav4 was intoxicated.
Just before the crash, the silver Toyota Rav4 was driving north on Barker Cypress when it approached the intersection. At the same time, the Toyota Sienna was making a left turn from the southbound lanes of Barker Cypress. The driver of the Sienna failed to yield while turning left and was hit by the Rav4.
During the crash, three people were ejected from the Toyota Sienna. None of them were wearing seatbelts. Two of them were pronounced dead at the scene. The other passengers of the Sienna, along with the driver of the Rav4, were transported to nearby hospitals.
Another passenger of the Sienna was pronounced dead later at the hospital.
The driver of the Rav4 exhibited signs of being intoxicated when she arrived at the hospital.
New Year’s Texas Crash Statistics
Although New Year’s is a time for fun and celebration, it’s also one of the deadliest times on the road. Road safety is preached every year around New Year’s in an attempt to keep drivers safe, but the number of fatalities still increases.
To better understand how dangerous the roads become on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, here are a few statistics for Texas:
- More deadly crashes happen on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Texas than any other state
- A study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that nearly 200 Texans died over a five-year period on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
- On New Year’s, Texas has the fifth-highest crash rate in the country
- In Austin-Travis County, an average of four to five pedestrians are hit on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
Unfortunately, most of these crashes are preventable. The drivers of these vehicles are often intoxicated, leading to poor judgment and decision-making on the road.
Although, drinking and driving is always preached against, drivers still get behind the wheel and drive drunk. If you’re choosing to drink at all, holidays or not, you have a responsibility to stay off the road.
Before you drink, make ride arrangements with a friend, loved one, or ride-share service. Nothing good ever comes from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
Reach out to your Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns today to get started on your legal claim.