Lewisville — Woman Killed, Man Injured in Drunken T-Bone Collision on Texas State Highway 121
Posted on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 at 10:57 pm by Williams Hart
At approximately 3:45 a.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, a woman was killed and a man was injured in a drunken T-bone collision that occurred in Lewisville, Texas.
According to initial reports, a GMC Terrain was traveling northbound on Texas State Highway 121 Business and turned left to the Interstate 35 service road. As the vehicle was turning left, it struck a southbound Chevrolet Cavalier.
The male driver of the Cavalier was taken to the hospital and is in intensive care but is expected to survive. Meanwhile, a woman in the car was taken to the hospital but was pronounced dead there.
The driver of the GMC Terrain, 25-year-old Marrisamary Guadalupe Pecina, was arrested for driving while intoxicated. She is currently in the Lewisville Jail.
The crash still remains under investigation.
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 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.
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 particular kind of car accident that is fairly common and also incredibly dangerous is the broadside collision, also known as the T-bone or side-impact collision. This kind of car accident involves a vehicle being hit on its side by the front end of another vehicle. Crash research and analysis of accident data have shown that broadside accidents represent 13% of all car accidents in the United States and that 18% of all fatal car accidents are broadside-style collisions.
Additionally, the NHTSA reported that about 8,000 people are killed every year in this type of accident. And more often than not, if someone is lucky enough to survive this collision, they might suffer from other severe injuries, such as brain injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, and back, neck, and spine injuries. Passengers on the struck side of the vehicle often sustain injuries far worse than those received in rear-end crashes.
Car accidents, especially DUI accidents and T-bone collisions, are quite difficult for 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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