Houston — 2 Men Killed in Drunken T-Bone Collision on Richmond Avenue
Posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 at 8:26 pm by Williams Hart
At around 2:40 a.m. on Sunday, July 28, 2019, two men were killed in a drunken T-bone collision that occurred in Houston, Texas.
According to initial reports, Eloy Mercado, 21, was driving a silver Cadillac XTS westbound on Richmond Avenue at a high rate of speed when in the 6400 block, he struck a silver Lexus IS 250C whose driver was exiting a private drive and was likely turning left to travel eastbound on Richmond.
The 31-year-old driver of the Lexus and the 30-year-old passenger were pronounced dead at the scene. Mercado and a passenger were transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Mercado was discovered to have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. As a result, he is charged with two counts of intoxicated manslaughter and one count of intoxicated assault.
The crash still remains under investigation.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the victims in this accident. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Car accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In 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.
The three common causes of car accidents 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 drunk-driving crashes, and in 2010, 10,228 died in DUI accidents while about 345,000 were injured. All these numbers paint a terrible picture indeed.
Another particular kind of car accident that is fairly common and also incredibly dangerous is the broadside collision, also known as the T-bone or side-impact collision. This kind of car accident involves a vehicle being hit on its side by the front end of another vehicle. Crash research and analysis of accident data have shown that broadside accidents represent 13% of all car accidents in the United States and that 18% of all fatal car accidents are broadside-style collisions.
Additionally, the NHTSA reported that about 8,000 people are killed every year in this type of accident. And more often than not, if someone is lucky enough to survive this collision, they might suffer from other severe injuries, such as brain injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, and back, neck, and spine injuries. Passengers on the struck side of the vehicle often sustain injuries far worse than those received in rear-end crashes.
Car accidents are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car 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 (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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