Houston — 12-Year-Old Boy Dies After Suspected Drunken Rear-End Collision on Texas State Highway 249
Posted on Sunday, April 14th, 2019 at 10:24 pm by Williams Hart
At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2019, a 12-year-old boy was killed in a suspected drunken rear-end collision that occurred in the Willowbrook area of Houston, Texas.
According to police reports, a mother was driving on the southbound lanes of Texas State Highway 249, near Beltway 8, with her two sons — a 3-year-old and a 12-year-old — when their family SUV slowed down. Meanwhile, a white Infiniti with two women in their 20s inside were traveling behind the SUV, and when the SUV slowed down, the Infiniti struck the SUV’s back.
Everyone inside the two vehicles were brought to the hospital. Unfortunately, the 12-year-old boy was pronounced dead.
Investigators discovered that the driver of the Infiniti showed signs of intoxication. If she is proven to be intoxicated, she will face a charge of intoxication manslaughter.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the young boy. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a car accident. Car accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In a statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.
There are three common causes of car accidents, and these are speeding, driving while distracted, and DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol). DUI, in particular, is quite appalling. The NHTSA reports that about 28 people die every day because of drunken driving crashes, and in 2010, 10,228 people died in DUI accidents while about 345,000 were injured. All these numbers paint a terrible picture indeed.
Moreover, a particular kind of vehicular accident that is fairly common in the United States is a rear-end collision. It has been reported that there are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions in the U.S. every year, and from that number, roughly 1,700 people die while another 500,000 are injured. The National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) also notes that 87% of rear-end collisions happened simply because the driver was not paying attention to the road.
Car accidents, especially the DUI ones and rear-end collisions, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/DUI accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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