Sugar Land — Trooper Injured After Hit-And-Run Accident on U.S. Route 59
Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 at 9:03 pm
At around 1:05 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper was injured after a hit-and-run collision that happened in Fort Bend County.
According to a DPS spokesman, the trooper was conducting a traffic stop on U.S. Route 59, near the Brazos River, in Sugar Land when a vehicle struck him and then fled the scene. He sustained injuries and was brought to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
The vehicle that struck the trooper was later found in Rosenberg, and its driver, 29-year-old Christie Viktorian, was taken into custody and is charged with DWI and failure to stop and render aid.
It is great to hear that the DPS trooper is now recovering from his injuries. Alas, there are countless other victims who are not as lucky. 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 drunken 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.
Additionally, another particular kind of vehicular accident that is quite common and deadly is a hit-and-run. According to a study done by roadside-assistance giant AAA, there were 2,049 hit-and-run deaths that occurred in 2016. This number is the highest annual total on record, and in the decade leading up to that number, 682,000 hit-and-run crashes happened each year.
Car accidents, especially the DUI and hit-and-run ones, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/hit-and-run/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 Houston 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 (800) 220-9341 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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