Houston — Mustang Crashes into La Michoacana Building
Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2019 at 11:38 pm
At approximately 3 in the afternoon on Monday, January 21, 2019, a Ford Mustang crashed into a La Michoacana building in southwest Houston.
The accident was reported to have happened at 11340 Fondren Road, and witnesses said that the blue Mustang was speeding through the parking lot, missed a turn, and crashed into a metal pole and through the restaurant’s stockroom. As a result, the restaurant was left with a large hole in the wall.
There were no injuries sustained by the people inside the restaurant, but it is reported that the driver had arm and chest pain. He was then taken to the hospital.
It is fairly common to hear about vehicles crashing into inanimate objects like lampposts, trees, and buildings. In fact, 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.
Also 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 and wet, etc.).
Whatever the cause was for this particular incident, it is simply fortunate to hear that no one was seriously injured. That said, 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 don’t lose hope.There will always be help available to you, in the form of the police and personal injury lawyers.