An accident occurred on Friday, September 17, involving a vehicle occupied by a mother and her four children, ages 3 to 8 years old. The mother and one of the children were left in critical condition after being ejected from the vehicle.
The “Devastating Crash”
According to Texas authorities, a woman and her 8-year-old son were critically injured in an SUV accident in Humble at around 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 17. After responding to the accident, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters that the crash scene was “traumatizing.”
Witnesses told authorities that the woman was seen weaving through traffic at a high rate of speed soon before the crash. Initially, police believed that the woman had been cut-off, but later determined that wasn’t the case.
The mother was driving an SUV eastbound on FM 1960 near Woodland Hills when she lost control, leading the vehicle to roll five times. She and her 8-year-old son were accompanied by three more children, ages 3, 6, and 7. While the 8-year-old was taken to the hospital in critical condition, he is now stable along with the rest of the children. As of the last reporting, the mother remained in critical condition.
Responding officers told reporters that it appeared as though at least some of the occupants of the SUV were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, a theory which is supported by the fact that mother and son were ejected during the crash.
“Never easy to see remnants of a devastating crash. In this case, school backpacks, a child’s shoes,” Sheriff Gonzalez wrote on Twitter.
According to news reports, several good Samaritans responded to the crash and began giving aid. Local residents told reporters that speeding is a common problem on that stretch of road.
Child Safety and Texas Auto Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines children as those beneath the age of 14. In 2020, children and teens under the age of 14 accounted for roughly 4% of all auto accident fatalities in Texas. Nationally, children make up an average of 3% of all crash deaths. This means that Texas is falling behind the nation when it comes to keeping kids safe while on the road.
According to the NHTSA, the majority of deadly child auto accidents occur between the hours of 3 p.m. and 8:59 p.m. In general, most auto accident deaths are seen during the fall. The commonality there is hardly a mystery; as children return to school in the fall, they are at greatest risk of being involved in an accident on the way home or after school.
This year, be sure to go over safety rules with your children to help them stay safe. With one of the largest common factors in child auto deaths being a lack of restraint use, make sure that your children know how important it is to buckle up!
If you’ve been injured in a Texas car or truck accident, contact the Houston auto accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns today to learn more about your options for relief.