Houston — Man Killed in Wrong-Way Collision on Interstate 45
Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2019 at 8:56 pm by Williams Hart | Updated: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 11:47 pm
At approximately 2:20 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019, a man was killed and a woman was injured after a wrong-way collision that happened in Interstate 45 in Houston, Texas.
According to police reports, Juan David Almanza, 36, drove a white pickup and entered Gulf Freeway going northbound in the southbound lanes. As a result, he collided with an oncoming white Mustang. The impact of this collision killed the 54-year-old man driving the Mustang and seriously injured the 48-year-old female passenger with him.
Officers reported that Almanza was intoxicated at the time of the crash and will face a charge of intoxication manslaughter.
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 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.
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 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 and head-on collision ones, are quite difficult to 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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