Houston — Underage Drunk Driver Causes Fatal Head-On Crash on South Main Street
Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 8:37 pm by Williams Hart | Updated: Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 at 9:10 pm
At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019, a man was killed in a drunken head-on collision that occurred in southwest Houston, Texas.
According to initial reports, Trevor Bergin, 19, was driving the wrong way on South Main Street, near Hiram Clarke Road, when he struck an oncoming vehicle. The second vehicle burst into flames with the trapped 40-year-old driver inside, effectively killing him.
Bergin attempted to steal the vehicle of a good Samaritan, but it was locked, so he fled on foot instead. However, a witness followed him and brought him back to the scene. He was transported to the hospital, and he has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the 40-year-old driver. Alas, he is not the only one whose life is taken away by a car accident. 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.
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.
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 head-on collisions and DUI accidents, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/head-on collisions/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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