Waco — 1 Person Dead, 9 Others Injured in Head-On Collision Involving Vans on Lake Shore Drive
Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2019 at 8:10 pm by Williams Hart
On the afternoon of Thursday, July 25, 2019, one person was killed and nine others were injured in a head-on collision that occurred in Waco, Texas.
According to initial reports, a van, that belonged to Waco’s First United Methodist Church, and a second van were traveling along Lake Shore Drive, when nearing the intersection of Airport Road, the two vans collided into each other head-on.
The male driver of the second van was pronounced dead at the scene, and the child with him was brought to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Meanwhile, five high school students and three adult leaders who were riding in the church van were brought to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center with minor injuries.
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. Vehicular 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.
Moreover, the NHTSA reports that from 1997 to 2006, accidents involving vans led to the deaths of more than 1,000 occupants, with 120 occupants dying in 2004 alone. It has also been noted that vans with more than 10 occupants showed a greatly increased risk of an accident, and in about 83% of the van accident fatalities, the occupants were not wearing any seatbelt at the time of the accident.
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 van accidents, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/van 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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