Dayton — Car vs. Tree Collision on FM 1008
Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2019 at 12:24 am
On Tuesday morning, January 22, 2019, a car accident involving a tree collision occurred in Dayton.
According to the police reports, Denise Wilburn was driving along FM 1008, north of Dayton, when she suddenly hit a massive oak tree. The oak tree then split in half and fell on her car. As a result, she spun out of control and crashed.
Thankfully, Wilburn came out alive from this terrible accident. She later claimed that the miracle of her being alive despite the crash can be attributed to her praying, which was what she was doing prior to the crash.
It is great to hear that Wilburn turned out to be alive even though this accident seemed dire at first. However, there are countless other victims who are not as lucky as she is. Car accidents like this happen quite often nowadays. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety 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.
Additionally, according to statistics, about 16% of these car accidents are crashes where the vehicle leaves the road. In this type of car accident, a car would usually crash into a lamppost, a tree, or a building. Lamppost and tree collisions are considered to be generally serious, considering that they comprise 31% of vehicular accident fatalities.
The leading causes of these crashes are said to be operator error and pedal error. Operator error means drivers accelerated too much or were speeding or were in the wrong gear, while pedal error usually means the driver made the mistake of stepping on the gas pedal instead of the brake. Aside from these two, other possible causes are drunken driving, traffic accidents, medical emergencies, and even the weather and age of the driver.
If you are a victim of this kind of car accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please don’t hesitate to ask for help. The police will 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.