On Sunday morning, October 25th, a collision between a silver Honda Accord and a black Ford F-150 resulted in three people dying and two other individuals in critical condition.
Details About The Incident
According to local authorities, the accident occurred around 8:00 a.m. at the 12230 block of FM 529 between Spencer Road and Fairview Street. A silver Honda Accord carrying four individuals was traveling westbound on FM 529 when it crashed into a black Ford F-150 that was turning into a gas station.
The collision caused the driver and the occupant of the F-150 to be ejected from their vehicle, both of which are currently in critical condition after being hospitalized.
The 3 occupants of the Honda were all pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver was rushed to the nearest hospital. Authorities came to the conclusion that the driver of the Honda was under the influence of alcohol and was excessively speeding, leading up to the accident.
The driver of the Honda is awaiting multiple charges.
The Lethal Dangers Of Intoxicated Driving
Intoxicated driving is one of the deadliest and most preventable types of accidents that occur far too often on an annual basis. In fact, Harris County is often regarded as the epicenter for drunk driving incidents across the United States, leading the country in DWI-related fatalities for the past 18 consecutive years.
Harris County alone was responsible for approximately 12.8 percent of the total Texas DWI death toll in 2018. More recent data provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) revealed that the City of Houston had a total of 2,436 intoxicated-driving related incidents. Out of those incidents, it was determined that there were:
- 443 incidents where 730 individuals suffered possible injuries.
- 286 incidents where 391 individuals suffered non-incapacitating injuries.
- 102 incidents where 126 individuals were suspected of suffering from serious injuries.
- 67 incidents where 73 individuals were killed.
Sobering Facts Regarding Excessive Speeding
When driving under the influence, an intoxicated driver is not in the proper headspace to operate a vehicle and may make the poor decision to speed at excessive rates. This deadly combination can lead to unwanted tragedies at worst and bodily injuries at least.
In fact in 2019, there were a total of 284 traffic fatalities that occurred as a direct result of unnecessary excessive speeding on Texas roadways. Out of those fatalities, Harris County was solely responsible for 26.4 percent (75) of the state’s speeding-related death toll.
Our Dependable Houston Car Accident Attorneys Can Help You
The unfortunate truth about these types of accidents is that they are not uncommon in Houston. That’s why we here at Lapeze & Johns implore our fellow community members to consider getting a designated driver or a rideshare service to get you home safely after a night out to avoid any tragic car accidents from occurring.
However, accidents caused by drunk driving may happen, and when they do, you need experienced personal injury lawyers by your side. Should falling victim to a serious injury or even losing a loved one as a result of an intoxicated driver happen to you, the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns will fight on your behalf in order to get you the compensation you deserve so that you can recover.
Let our experienced car accident lawyers walk you though your drunk driving car accident claim. Contact us today to schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation!
Source: KPRC Houston