A major seven-vehicle crash on Thursday, October 28th, was reportedly caused by a distracted driver. At least one woman was injured as a result of the crash.
The Multi-Car Crash
On Thurday morning, seven vehicles were involved in a crash on Kemp Boulevard near Wichita Falls. The accident began just east of the Kell E Boulevard intersection.
According to local officials, a woman was driving eastbound down the center lane of Kell in a Chevy when she collided with a Ford truck. The woman was reportedly traveling at 45 miles per hour when she looked away from the road momentarily. The driver looked back at the road and saw that she was going to collide with the truck, but was unable to stop in time.
Despite slamming on her brakes, the force of the driver’s Chevy forced both vehicles into the intersection at Kell.
Soon, three more vehicles were involved in the crash: a Nissan Altima in Kemp’s left lane, a Kia Sol in the center, and a Dodge on the right. The Ford truck first collided with the Dodge which subsequently struck the Kia. The Kia spun, striking the Nissan.
Details of the remaining vehicles involved in the accident have not been released at this time.
Following the collision, one 26-year-old woman was transported to a nearby hospital and is expected to be okay.
In 2017, the Kell and Kemp intersection was cited as one of the most dangerous intersections in the state of Texas.
Distracted Driving in Texas
Statewide, distractions inside vehicles contributed to more than 11,000 auto accidents last year. Driver inattention, on the other hand, caused more than 70,000. As you can see, failing to stay sufficiently alert while on the road is a major issue for Texas drivers.
Nationally, distracted driving fatalities make up 8.7% of all auto accident fatalities, roughly on par with Texas’ 8.6%. Also based on national statistics, a quarter of all distracted drivers are in their twenties.
However, there’s some reason to believe that things are improving in Texas over time. In 2010, while there were just under 9,000 distraction crashes, there were nearly 80,000 accidents caused by inattention. In 2015, those numbers were roughly 12,000 and 96,000.
The data suggests that, while there may be fewer accidents happening due to drivers’ incidental failure to pay attention, accidents involving irresponsible behaviors like texting, eating, or doing make-up and driving are still far too common.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reading a single text can take your eyes off of the road for 5 seconds. At 55 miles per hour, that means you’ll travel the length of a football field without seeing the road. No text is worth taking that big of a risk.
If you’ve been injured in a Texas multi-vehicle crash, contact your Houston auto accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns to learn about seeking relief.