Houston — Car Crash in Valero Gas Station Leaves Man Pinned Against Building
Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2019 at 11:02 pm
Around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, a blue Ford SUV crashed into a Valero gas station along El Dorado Boulevard, near Eastscape Drive. This then led to a male passerby pinned against the building.
Luckily, when the Houston Fire Department paramedics arrived to rush him to the hospital, he was still conscious and breathing.
The driver of the SUV stayed on the scene and spoke with the police, but it is still unclear if there will be any charges filed for this accident.
It is good to hear that the victim turned out to be relatively okay. Unfortunately, there are others who aren’t as lucky. Car accidents are fairly common occurrences nowadays. 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.
There are various types of car accidents, and one of them is a crash involving buildings or walls. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), there were 266 of such crashes in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties, and that number is up from 2014’s 255 and 2015’s 240.
In another statistics by Rob Reiter and Mark Wright, it is shown that of the crashes into buildings that the two of them researched between 2014 and 2017, 24% of those involved retail stores, 23% commercial buildings, 19% restaurants, and the remainder of that include convenience stores, offices, and other non-residential structures.
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.