Houston — Grandfather Killed in DUI Crash While Changing Tire on South Loop West
Posted on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at 9:32 pm by Williams Hart
At approximately 7:20 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, a grandfather was killed in a DUI accident that occurred in Houston, Texas.
According to initial reports, Jose Almanza, 56, was pulled over on the shoulder of South Loop West, changing a tire, when out of nowhere, a vehicle driven by 60-year-old John Richard Vasquez passed by and crashed into Almnaza’s car.
Almanza was promptly pronounced dead.
Meanwhile, Vasquez was arrested after it was discovered that he smelled of alcohol and that there was a bottle of liquor in his vehicle at the time of the accident.
The crash still remains under investigation.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Jose Almanza. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Car accidents are a problem in this day and age, and yet, they still continue to happen on a regular basis. 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.
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.
Car accidents are reported to be deadly for pedestrians particularly. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimates that the number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. is 6,000 in 2017. This is a 27% increase from 2007 to 2016, and it is said that the number in 2017 is a 25-year high.
Additionally, there are five states that had the most number of pedestrian fatalities in 2017, and these are California, Florida, New York, Arizona, and Texas. These states accounted for about 43% of pedestrian fatalities during the first half of 2017 despite the fact that they are home to only 30% of the U.S. population. The GHSA also claims that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to this kind of accident.
Car accidents, especially the auto-pedestrian and DUI ones, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/auto-pedestrian 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 (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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