According to Holly Springs authorities, they responded to two separate auto accidents east of Jasper on New Year’s Eve. The crashes resulted in five people being injured.
The first accident occurred just west of Holly Springs soon after 9 p.m. Authorities received a report that a single-vehicle accident had happened on Highway 190 slightly east of the LP Plant entrance.
Firefighters were called to the scene to release a trapped passenger from the vehicle. That individual received some treatment on the scene before being airlifted to a Houston hospital.
The East End Fire Department was called to respond to yet another accident just before midnight. Authorities received a report that a vehicle had swerved off the road and into a tree on Newton County Road 1022, near the Newton County line just north of Highway 190.
Again, firefighters worked to free the passengers from this second vehicle. Four injured individuals were freed and transported to hospitals via ambulance and helicopter. All four are still receiving treatment, as far as has been reported.
Details of both crashes are limited at this time and both remain under investigation.
New Year’s Crashes in Texas
The number of fatal car accidents that happen yearly during the New Year’s holiday depends on the day of the week on which New Year’s falls. Basically, if the holiday includes a weekend, there are usually significantly higher numbers of fatal accidents.
Based on data gathered by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), we can group holiday periods into groups of 30, 78, and 102 hours. Years with a 30-hour holiday see a fatal accident rate in the ’20s; 78-hour holidays can expect between 30 to 40 fatal accidents, and 102-hour holidays tend to see between 40 to 50 fatal accidents.
Based on the TxDOT schedule, the 2020-2021 New Year’s holiday was 78-hours long.
The last year in which New Year’s day fell on a Friday was in 2015-2016. In that holiday period, the most crashes were seen on New Year’s Day itself with Sunday following taking second place. Unfortunately, that means we could be out for a dangerous January 3. Consistently, Saturday and Sunday see more car accidents than other days of the week, so those considering driving this weekend should take particular care.
In particular, DUI accidents are an issue during the holidays when people are more likely to be at holiday parties. While you can’t stop others from drinking and driving, you can reaffirm your commitment to only driving sober, and you can remind your friends and loved ones of the importance of sober driving.
If you are planning on seeing loved ones this New Year’s, make sure that no one leaves with plans to drive if they’ve been drinking. Remember, the risk of a fatal accident is never worth driving drunk.
If you’ve been involved in a Texas car accident, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, for help.
Source: KJAS Radio