Three major car accidents just within the past two days highlight the seriousness of Houston's collision problem. Statistically, Texas has the second highest number of fatal traffic accidents annually, nearly neck-and-neck with California, which has the overall highest number of fatal motor vehicle collisions each year. In 2009, there were 3,071 fatal car accidents in the state of Texas. The city of Houston is a large contributor to this problem.
On April 22, a driver ran through a residential yard and straight into a neighboring home's garage in west Houston. Thankfully, no one inside either home was injured, but the driver did sustain some injuries and was taken to the hospital. This was reported by ABC 13 Eyewitness News, and nothing has yet been reported as to what may have contributed to the accident. Typically, accidents where drivers veer this far off of the road are caused by intoxication, drug use or falling asleep at the wheel.
On April 23, a driver died tragically in a car fire in southwest Houston. The report indicates that the victim's car literally burst into flames Tuesday night. The driver was headed south on the northbound South Post Oak near W. Bellfort. He encountered an oncoming car and swerved to avoid a collision. Swerving caused him to lose control of his vehicle and he hit a pole off the side of the road. The car ignited and the man was trapped inside. Aside from the driver of the vehicle, no one else was injured.
Also on April 23, a man was killed while at a northeast Houston gas station when he was hit by a passing truck. The collision occurred near Aldine Mail Route and Eastex Freeway. According to law enforcement, a truck was speeding while exiting the freeway. The excessive speed likely caused him to veer out of his lane and ultimately lose control of his vehicle.
The truck barreled over a median and several poles before landing at the Shell gas station. The truck collided with a man who was standing outside of his vehicle pumping air into his tires. Sadly, the man was killed upon impact. Authorities indicate that drunk driving is a likely factor in this accident. Three teenagers were inside the pickup truck at the time of the accident. None of them were injured.
There is no shortage of car accidents in Houston. If you or someone you love has become a victim of a car accident, truck accident or a pedestrian-car accident, please do not hesitate to contact our firm. Stern Law Group's Houston personal injury attorneys provide aggressive advocacy for victims so that they can receive justice. To learn more, call now and receive a free case evaluation.