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Illegal U-Turn Car Accident

Eastbound Saratoga is blocked off between Weber and Everhart due to a car accident until at least 10:30 p.m., according to kristv.com. Authorities will be working to clear the area and advise using an alternative route.

According to the officer on the scene, one driver was traveling eastbound in the center lane of the 4700 block of Saratoga when another driver made an unsafe U-turn. The driver traveling on Saratoga struck the vehicle making the U-turn rendering it on its side.

According to police, both individuals involved were transported with what the officer on the scene described as minor injuries.

This story is a prime example of why it is so important to abide by the traffic laws that have strategically been put into place to ensure the safety of all the people who are on the road.

When one person decides to disregard traffic laws, the result can be tragic. Much like in this case, it can cause an accident with an unsuspecting innocent person.

Illegal U-turns are just as dangerous as failure to stop at a stop sign or red light, speeding, texting while driving, or driving while intoxicated.

Auto Accident Statistics

Auto Crash Statistics

In preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA

  • A 7 percent increase in motor vehicle traffic deaths occurred in 2015. Around 35,200 people died in 2015, up from the 32,675 reported fatalities in 2014.
  • Estimates based on data for 2015 reveals that most of the Nation saw significant increases in motorcyclist (9% increase), pedestrian (10% increase) and pedal cyclist fatalities (13% increase).
  • Fatalities to drivers and passengers also increased (6% and 7%, respectively).
  • Fatalities in crashes involving young drivers (15 to 20 years old) increased 10 percent.
  • Fatalities in crashes involving large trucks increased by 4 percent.
  • Fatalities among occupants of passenger vehicles that rolled over increased by about 5 percent. These estimates are created by inflating current 2015 cases coded into FARS to regional totals presented in the note for the overall fatalities.

Auto Accident Statistics According to Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Fact 2015

  • Based on reportable crashes in 2015, 1 person was killed every 2 hours 29 minutes, 1 person was injured every 2 minutes, 8 seconds, 1 reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds.
  • There were 581 people killed in head-on crashes in 2015.

Of all people killed in vehicles where restraint usage was applicable and usage was known in 2015:

  • 3% were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred.
  • 246,335 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.
  • There were 459 motorcyclists (operators and passengers) killed in 2015.
  • Fifty two percent (52%) of motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
  • The fatality rate on Texas roadways for 2015 was 1.43 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled, this is a 2.05% decrease in the number of 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 with 17,011 people sustaining a serious injury.

San Antonio Car Accident Attorneys

Many car accidents are preventable if only drivers would get off their phones, pay closer attention when driving, slow down, etc., but when someone deliberately disregards traffic laws, it is inevitable an accident will occur at some point. Often it is innocent people who are victims of traffic law breakers. It is difficult to predict the actions of another vehicle when they break the law with actions such as illegal U-turns. If you have been the victim of a car accident and are seeking legal advice, contact our law office for an evaluation to see if we can help.