On Monday, July 26th, an innocent driver was killed in an accident believed to be caused by another speeding driver. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
The Details of the Crash
Houston authorities report that they responded to a deadly accident on Monday morning near Westheimer and Chimney Rock. Based on SkyEye images of the scene, the two vehicles involved appear to be a white Volkswagen and a black SUV.
According to police, the driver of the white vehicle was driving westbound on Westheimer at a high rate of speed when they collided with the center median and lost control of their vehicle. As a result, the white vehicle entered the eastbound lanes where it was struck by the black SUV.
While the driver of the black SUV was pronounced dead on the scene, reporting has been mixed as to the condition of the allegedly speeding driver. The driver was reportedly hospitalized following the crash, but some sources also state that the driver of the speeding vehicle died.
It has also not been reported whether or not there were other passengers in either vehicle.
This event remains under investigation by the Houston Police Department’s vehicular crimes division.
Who Is Most At-Risk?
There’s no denying that speeding is a pervasive issue in the U.S.
In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding has been a factor in roughly a third of all car accident fatalities that have happened over the past 20 years. In 2019, that meant an average of more than 25 speed-related deaths every day in the nation.
However, there is also some good news: the role speeding plays in deadly accidents seems to be shrinking. While speeding deaths made up a third of all crash deaths in 2002, they made up just over a quarter of all fatalities in 2019.
According to the National Safety Council, when it comes to who is speeding, the numbers are remarkably clear: In 2019, male drivers were far more likely to be involved in a speed-related accident in comparison to their female counterparts, in every age group. This difference varies, but men tended to be nearly twice as likely to be involved in a fatal speeding crash compared to women.
An even more clear divide can be seen between age groups: 16 to 20-year-olds were roughly three times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash than drivers over the age of 75. By far, those most at risk were men between the ages of 16 and 35.
Finally, alcohol use plays a big role in determining who is most at risk of being involved in a deadly speeding accident. Between the ages of 21 and 44, alcohol-related deaths accounted for approximately half of all fatal speeding accidents.
To help keep your friends and loved ones safe, remind them how important it is to drive safely and responsibly on Texas roads. Maintain a safe speed, and never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you’ve been involved in a speeding car accident in Texas, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns for assistance.