According to sanangelolive.com, two San Antonio residents were injured Sunday afternoon in a crash north of Ballinger on U.S. Highway 83. Police reported that the male driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled. Runnels County deputies arrived on the scene and had to pull the female passenger out of the car because she was injured and unable to get out on her own. The vehicle caught fire and both Ballinger and Winters fire departments responded to fight the blaze. Both the driver and passenger were transported to the Ballinger hospital by ambulance. It is unknown as to why the driver lost control of his vehicle, but what is certain is that both he and his passenger are very fortunate to have escaped with the injuries they did. The passenger was reported to have extensive injuries but nothing life-threatening.
Maybe the driver was distracted with his cell phone, or maybe he and his passenger were arguing, or perhaps the car had a tire blowout. There are a number of reasons the driver could have lost control of his vehicle. Sometimes we are responsible for our actions that have caused a wreck. Other times, we may question what was the cause of the crash. They are called car accidents for a reason since there aren’t many people who actually want to experience one.
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.
- Fatal 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 Lawyers
We are all at risk of being involved in some type of car accident as drivers or passengers. You can walk away from some crashes if you are lucky but some of them can be life-changing experiences. With all the distractions drivers have, accidents are becoming more common. Everywhere you look you can see drivers distracted by eating, applying makeup, and most commonly on their phones. People drive and talk and drive and text all the time and it has gotten to the point that lawmakers in Texas are talking about making it illegal. It is not an uncommon sight to see a driver weaving in and out of their lane only to pass them and see them using their phone. Phone usage while driving is a growing epidemic which is the reason new drivers are required in the state of Texas to take a one hour distracted driver course before receiving their driver’s license. If you have been the victim of a careless driver and you are seeking legal advice, contact our law office for an evaluation to see if we can help your situation.