The Houston Chronicle reported that a head-on collision on April 19, 2016 killed four and seriously injured four others. The collision occurred on FM 3083 in Montgomery County, when a Toyota Tundra Pickup allegedly crossed into the oncoming lane in a no-passing zone, striking a Chevy Tahoe SUV head-on. The Toyota Tundra caught fire shortly after a child was pulled from the vehicle, but two adult passengers were not reached in time to be saved. Of the passengers in the Chevy Tahoe, three survived and were taken to local hospitals. The four survivors of the crash – all of whom are reported to be children – remain in critical condition.
Texas DPS spokesman Erik Burse was right to note that this was a “preventable” collision. Tragic crashes such as this, however, are all too common in Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that 581 people were killed in head-on collisions in Texas in 2014 (the last year that data was available), while 3,534 were killed and 237,941 were injured out of all motor vehicle crashes. Of those 3,534 fatalities, 53 were in Montgomery County and 418 were in Harris County. The total estimated economic loss for all motor vehicle crashes in Texas that year was an astonishing $28,800,000,000.
Most of us are well aware that motor vehicle crashes are common in Texas, and often lead to debilitating injuries, enormous economic loss, and tragic deaths. A significant number of these crashes, like this latest collision in Montgomery County, might be called “preventable.” Preventing a tragic motor vehicle crash, however, requires safe, conscientious driving by all involved. A driver who recklessly crosses into a lane of oncoming traffic, follows too closely, ignores traffic signals, drives under the influence, or is fatigued or distracted can collide with a safe driver before he has a chance to react, with devastating results. If you or a loved one are injured or killed as a result of another driver’s reckless behavior, you should consider contacting an experienced personal injury attorney to learn about your options for recovering your economic losses from medical expenses, past and future lost earnings, and long-term disabilities.