Houston — Driver Crashes into Elderly Woman’s House
Posted on Monday, February 18th, 2019 at 2:33 am by Williams Hart
A driver is now on the run after they crashed into a home in northeast Harris County on Friday, February 15, 2019.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office reported that the accident happened at approximately 2 a.m. at a house near Ciceter Road and Hollybrook Lane. Lillie Faulkner, 82, was sleeping in her home when she heard a loud bang. When she got to the garage area to check what caused the bang, she found parts of her garage in pieces along with the car that had crashed, leaving extensive damage.
The driver of the vehicle fled on foot, and a search of the license plate revealed that the vehicle was registered to a home just a mile away from the scene of the accident.
Investigation is still underway for this accident.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the house of Lillie Faulkner. Alas, this is not the first time that a car accident has left extensive damage to the victim. 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 about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them annually.
One type of car accident is a crash involving buildings or walls. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reported that in 2016, there were 266 of such crashes in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties. This number increased from 2014’s 255 and 2015’s 240.
Rob Reiter and Mark Wright provided another statistics, and it is shown that of the crashes into buildings that they gathered between 2014 and 2017, 24% of those involved retail stores, 23% commercial buildings, 19% restaurants, and the remainder being convenience stores, offices, and other buildings.
The two primary causes of this kind of car crash are said to be operator error and pedal error. The former means that the drivers accelerated too much or were speeding or were in the wrong gear, while the latter usually means the driver made the mistake of stepping on the gas pedal instead of the brake. Other possible causes include drunken driving, traffic accidents, medical emergencies, the age of the driver, and even the weather (i.e. the rain making the roadway slippery, etc.).
Car accidents are quite difficult to 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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