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Corpus Christi — Head-On Collision at the Intersection of South Staples Street and Baldwin Boulevard

Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2019 at 9:43 pm    

At around 6:45 in the evening of Tuesday, January 15, 2019, a head-on collision occurred at the intersection of South Staples Street and Baldwin Boulevard, and it took the life of one person and critically injured children.

According to police reports, an unidentified 19-year-old driver was not in the right of way, and as a result, he crashed his pickup head-on into another vehicle carrying four passengers. Everyone was rushed to the hospital afterwards.

The police also reported that one passenger, identified as 26-year-old Domingo Rivera, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Two child passengers, who were rushed to Driscoll Children’s Hospital, were both listed as critical, but one of them was at least now in stable condition. The driver of the vehicle carrying the children, an unidentified 28-year-old female, was also hospitalized with serious injuries, but she eventually gained stable condition as well. Despite this, however, it was discovered that she was intoxicated and will be charged with driving while intoxicated with a child.

The 19-year-old driver of the other vehicle, on the other hand, claimed that he was determined to take the blame of the accident.

It is truly appalling to hear of the news of the death and injuries of the victims of these particular vehicular accident, but it’s even more appalling to realize that car accidents like this are alarmingly common. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), car accidents happen almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, a car accident occurs that results in death. This can be translated to roughly about 6 million car accidents every year and 90 people dying in car accidents every day in the U.S. alone.

Head-on collision, a particular type of car accident, is probably the most dangerous type of crashes of them all, simply because of the increased force sustained by both drivers. Reports estimate that head-on collisions only comprise 2% of reported crashes, but they do account for well over 10% of driving fatalities. Spinal injuries, brain injuries, catastrophic injuries, broken bones, paralysis, and of course death are some of the common outcomes of a head-on collision.

Aside from head-on collision, DUI — or driving under the influence (of drugs or alcohol) — accidents are just as horrible. According to the NHTSA, about 28 people die every day as a result of drunk driving crashes, and in 2010, 10,228 people died in drunk driving accidents — one every 52 minutes — while about 345,000 were injured. These statistics are dire indeed, and it’s time for something to be done to stop the numbers from getting bigger.

If you are a victim of a head-on collision/DUI accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. The police will always be there for you, but more than that, car accident lawyers are willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.


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