Houston — Man Killed in Drunken Head-On Collision on Mount Houston Road
Posted on Sunday, April 7th, 2019 at 8:49 pm by Williams Hart | Updated: Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at 8:08 pm
At around 2 a.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2019, one man was killed in a drunken head-on collision that happened in northwest Harris County.
According to police reports, Jose Balderas, 20, was driving his GMC Yukon eastbound on West Mount Houston Road, near Ella Boulevard, when he drifted over to the westbound lanes and collided head-on with a gray Chevrolet Impala. The driver of the Impala was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both Balderas and his passenger sustained injuries, and they were brought to Ben Taub Hospital where it is reported that Balderas is expected to survive while the passenger is in critical condition.
It is discovered that Balderas had high levels of intoxication during the accident, and as a result, he will be charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter and will be arrested after he is discharged from the hospital. It is possible that he will face another manslaughter charge if his passenger dies.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the unidentified victim. 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 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, another specific kind of car accident that is incredibly deadly is a head-on collision. The reason why a head-on collision is said to be incredibly deadly is because of the increased force that is sustained by both vehicles. Reports estimate that head-on collisions only comprise 2% of reported crashes, but they account for over 10% of driving fatalities. Some of the common outcomes of a head-on collision are spinal injuries, brain injuries, catastrophic injuries, broken bones, paralysis, and of course death.
Car accidents, especially the DUI ones and head-on collisions, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/DUI accidents/head-on collisions, 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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