Houston — Man Dies After Corvette Crashes into Tree on Emancipation Avenue
Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2019 at 9:12 pm
A man died after his Corvette crashed into a tree in the Third Ward Houston around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2019.
The Houston Police say that the man was speeding before the crash, and upon their arrival, they found him trapped inside the vehicle on Emancipation Avenue.
According to the officials, the man was at first alert and talking when he was pulled out of the vehicle, but unfortunately, he later died at the hospital.
There were no other passengers in the vehicle.
It is quite unfortunate to hear of the passing of the driver, but it is even more unfortunate to realize that car accidents like this alarmingly common nowadays. In fact, 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. That can be estimated to be roughly about 6 million car accidents every year and 90 people dying in car accidents every day in the U.S. alone.
Another common occurrence is a vehicle crashing into inanimate objects like buildings, lampposts, and trees. In 2016, it was reported by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that there were 266 cases of this kind of crash in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties. That total is up from 2014’s 255 and 2015’s 240.
Additionally, in other statistics by Rob Reiter and Mark Wright, of the crashes into buildings that happened between 2014 and 2017, 24% involved retail stores, 23% commercial buildings, 19% restaurants, and the remainder including convenience stores, offices, and other non-residential structures.
Still according to Reiter and Wright, the leading causes of these crashes are operator and pedal errors, which account for 30% and 25% of these crashes respectively. Reiter said that operator error usually means drivers accelerated too much or were speeding or were in the wrong gear, while pedal error means the driver made the mistake of stepping on the gas pedal instead of the brake.
Other causes and factors can be drunken/distracted driving, traffic accidents, medical emergencies, age, and sometimes even the weather (i.e. the rain making the road slippery, etc.).
If you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, then don’t lose hope. The police will always be there for you, but more than that, car accident lawyers/personal injury lawyers are also willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.