In the midst of the busy and boisterous Labor Day weekend, a drunk driver caused mayhem in Montgomery County when he started running other drivers off the road. The drunk driver eventually collided with another vehicle, totaling the truck he had purchased just days before the drunk driving accident.
The Sunday Night Crash
Police first received word regarding the drunk driver when he was traveling down SH-105 near Duck Creek. The headlights on his Chevy pickup were shut off, and the driver was forcing other vehicles off the road.
The incident came to a head at around 9:30 p.m. when the drunk driver crashed into a Toyota Tundra traveling the opposite direction in a near head-on collision. At least one other vehicle was damaged by flying debris. According to local reporting, both vehicles were totaled in the crash.
Once authorities arrived on the scene, the innocent driver in the Toyota had to be freed from his vehicle. According to state troopers, he was transported to the hospital in critical condition having suffered chest trauma and a severe injury to his left arm.
Police first suspected and later confirmed that the driver of the Chevy pickup was drunk at the time of the incident. The Texas Department of Public Safety has stated that he will be charged with intoxication assault.
According to authorities, the drunk driver had purchased his Chevy just four days before the crash. He was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.
Labor Day Celebrations Cause Uptick In Accidents
In 2020, a full quarter of victims killed in car crashes were involved in incidents caused by drivers impaired by alcohol. In comparison, another common cause of accidents, failure to control speed, played a role in just 13% of crashes. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that holiday weekends tend to see relatively more car and truck accidents due to an increase in drunk driving.
For instance, during the 2020 three-day Labor Day weekend, there were a total of 31 fatal car accidents, just over 10 per day. In Texas, most days see an average of just under 10 fatal accidents. While a difference of one accident per day may not seem like a significant increase, it’s important to remember that this is only a measurement of fatal car accidents, which make up less than 1% of all Texas car accidents.
Authorities know about the connection between Labor Day celebrations and dangerous roadway conditions and will be on the lookout for drunk drivers. In Texas, the penalties for driving under the influence can be up to $2,000 in fines, 180 days in jail, and the loss of your license for up to a year.
Over the 2020 Labor Day weekend, state troopers in Texas issued more than 71,000 citations and warnings, with more than 400 of those citations being DWIs.
If you’ve been injured in a drunk driving accident in Texas, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns to learn more about your rights to compensation.