A mother and two of her children were killed in a drunk driving accident which resulted in their vehicle catching fire. A third child, a 2-year-old boy, was airlifted to a hospital and is on life support.
A 7-month-old baby, 5-year-old child, and their 28-year-old mother were killed on the night of Sunday, March 14, after their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. A third child suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash.
The wreck, which involved seven different vehicles, occurred at the intersection of FM 2920 and Gosling Road, west of Spring.
The mother and children were traveling westbound on FM 2920 when they stopped at the intersection of Gosling Road. Soon after, a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed struck their car. Police suspect that the speeding driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
After the initial collision, the family’s vehicle crashed into the vehicle in front of it and burst into flames. The collision created a chain reaction that led to a 7-car pile-up. The mother and two children died on the scene, while the two-year-old was airlifted to a hospital.
At least one occupant of the five other vehicles involved in the crash was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after the incident. The suspected drunk driver was also hospitalized and is expected to survive.
“This is a tragedy,” Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said. “It is a situation of, again, a possible suspected impaired driver who basically snuffs a family out of existence.”
Investigators have since announced that they have determined the cause of the incident, and the drunk driver is now facing three counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault.
Drunk Driving Accidents in Texas, by the Numbers
Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents can be particularly dangerous. According to data gathered by the Texas Department of Transportation, roughly 4% of all drunk driving crashes resulted in at least one fatality, compared to less than 1% of all car accidents.
While drunk drivers pose a danger to all other drivers and pedestrians in their vicinity, the greatest danger is to the drunk driver themselves. In 2019, nearly 67% of all fatalities in accidents involving drinking and driving were the drivers themselves. The next most affected group, however, are those riding in other vehicles, making up roughly 15% of drunk driving fatalities.
While it can be tough to use crash data to determine why drunk driving crashes are so deadly, we can use scientific research to highlight how drunk drivers may behave differently than their sober counterparts.
According to research from the Society for Neuroscience, drinkers showed a decreased sensitivity in detecting threats. Industrial Safety & Hygiene News also reported that drunk drivers may have impaired self-control and judgment, as well as distorted vision.
Each of these factors is proof that drinking and driving should never mix. Remember, drunk driving is never worth it; always use a designated driver or have a plan to spend the night where you are drinking.
If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze and Johns to learn about your rights to compensation.