Houston — Suspected Drunk Diver Hit By Train
Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 7:37 pm
At approximately midnight on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, a suspected drunk driver’s car was hit by a train in Houston Heights.
According to the initial reports, the woman came from Washington Avenue and drove onto Heights Boulevard, heading north in the southbound lanes. Her car was trapped on the train tracks after the crossing arms came down. She attempted to reverse her car, but before she could do that, the train rear-ended her car. This collision caused the vehicle to spin around and land in the bushes. The woman managed to get out of her car, and she was later taken to a local hospital by the police to recover from her minor injuries.
There were no other individuals or vehicles that were involved in the accident. The police are currently investigating her for DUI.
It is great to hear that the woman was not critically injured after this accident. Unfortunately, there are countless other victims who are not as lucky. Car accidents are fairly common occurrences 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.
DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs) is one of the most common causes for vehicular accidents, and it is an appalling one. 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 do not bode well at all, and something has to be done to stop these numbers from going up.
In addition to this, an accident involving a train is also quite a deadly one. According to the National Transportation Safety Bureau, nearly every 2 hours, someone or a vehicle is hit by a train in the U.S. Some of the common scenarios in this kind of vehicular accident are derailment, train-train collisions, train-car collisions, train-person collisions, and damage to property.
Studies have shown that nearly 1,000 people die every year in the United States because of a train accident. Additionally, the occurrence and frequency of train accidents has been said to escalate since 1997.
If you are a victim of a car accident/DUI accident/train 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 always be there to help you, but more than that, car accident lawyers, especially those who specialize in DUI/train accidents, are always willing to help you in protecting your rights and getting you the justice that you deserve.