According to kristv.com, DPS Troopers have released the name of a young man who was killed early Sunday morning.
The accident happened Sunday, August 13, 2017, at 6:15 a.m. on State Highway 16, six miles south of Freer in Duval County.
Troopers say 18-year-old Sergio Gabriel Garza, from Freer Texas, was killed after his truck left the roadway and overturned multiple times.
Investigators added Garza was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was ejected from his 1998 Chevrolet pick-up truck.
The cause of the crash is still being investigated.
This story is a testament to the importance of seat belts. They do save lives most of the time. Had Garza been wearing his it is highly likely he would not have been ejected from his vehicle and could have quite possibly survived this crash.
Although it is unknown why the accident occurred, given the early morning hour, Garza could have just been getting off of work and making his way home and fell asleep behind the wheel, or maybe he had a tire blowout which caused him to lose control. Another possibility is that he was talking or texting on his cell phone and this distraction caused him to lose control and roll.
There are many possibilities as to the reason this crash occurred, but finding out will be little solace to a family who just lost their loved one. Fortunately, no one else was injured or killed in this accident.
Auto Accident Statistics
According to the Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts 2015:
- Primarily based on reportable crashes in 2015, 1 person was killed every 2 hours, 29 minutes. Additionally, 1 person was injured every 2 minutes 8 seconds and 1 reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds.
- There were 581 people killed in head-on crashes in 2015.
- Of all persons killed in vehicles where restraint usage was applicable and usage was known in 2015, 40.3% were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred.
- 246,335 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.
- The fatality rate on Texas roadways for 2015 was 1.43% deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled. This is a 2.05% decrease from 2014.
- Also, Texas experienced a decrease in the number f motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The 2015 death toll of 3,531 was a decrease of 0.14% from the 3,536 deaths recorded in 2014.
- There were 13,616 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2015 that resulted in over 17,000 people sustaining a serious injury.
- Fatalities in traffic crashes in rural areas of the state accounted for 54.52% of the state’s traffic fatalities. There were 1,925 deaths in rural traffic crashes.
- Ultimately, single vehicle, run-off the road crashes resulted in 1,255 deaths in 2015. This was 35.54% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015.
San Antonio Car Accident Attorneys
Car accidents claim the lives of many people every year and that number continues to rise. Sometimes alcohol is the culprit or being distracted by an accident as one drives by, or being distracted by an electronic device. Kids also act as a pretty common distraction. Whatever the reason, car accidents occur very often. If you drive at all you are at risk of being involved in a car accident. Every time we get into a vehicle we are at risk. Unfortunately, due to the rural areas and widespread urban cities, most Texans are forced to drive to get from point A to point B. if you have been involved in an accident and are seeking legal advice, contact our San Antonio car accident attorneys for an evaluation to see if we can help.