One woman is dead following a wrong way crash which occurred on US-59 at Highway 6 on Monday, November 16. Authorities suspect that the wrong-way driver may have been driving under the influence at the time of his crash.
According to the Sugar Land Police Department, a crash occurred at roughly 2:30 a.m. Monday morning after a 35-year-old man began traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of US-59 near Highway 6. The man, who was driving a truck, collided head-on with a GMC Envoy driven by a 20-year-old woman who died on the scene.
The truck driver was taken to the hospital after the crash and is expected to survive. Authorities suspect the truck driver may have been driving under the influence. He is currently facing charges associated with the collision.
Driving Under the Influence in Texas, by the Numbers
Driving under the influence (DUI) has been recognized as a threat to public safety for some time. As such, there is significant data available regarding who is most likely to be involved in a crash while DUI.
The following statistics are based on 2019 data gathered and analyzed by the Texas Department of Transportation:
- In 2019, 886 people died in DUI involved car accidents. Another 14,095 people were injured or possibly injured as well.
- Roughly twice as many DUI accidents occur in urban areas than rural areas.
- Most of those who die in DUI crashes, 67%, are the DUI drivers themselves.
- The age group most commonly represented amongst DUI drivers is twenty-year-olds at 23%, with 21-year-olds being the most common age amongst DUI drivers.
- In Texas, the most common hour of day for DUI accidents is between 2 and 3 a.m.
- The majority of Texas DUI accidents occur on Sunday and Saturday, representing nearly half of all DUI accidents throughout the week.
- Over a third of all fatally injured drivers tested showed a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level of .080 or higher. A BAC level of .080 or higher is considered legally intoxicated. Roughly half of all fatally injured drivers are BAC tested.
- More DUI accidents occur in Harris county than any other Texas county. Harris saw over 3,600 DUI accidents in 2019, while Bexar County saw the next highest frequency at over 2,100.
- Just under 15% of all DUI accidents in Texas occured in Houston alone. Houston represents roughly 8% of Texas’ population.
- Out of 254, there were only six counties in Texas that saw no DUI crashes in 2019, including Terrell and Lipscomb.
Driving under the influence is incredibly dangerous and is never worth the risk. If you’re planning on drinking, consider either planning a ride or a place to stay.
If you or a loved one have been injured as the result of a drunk driver, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns today.