Driver Ran Over Mailboxes Flees Scene
KWTX reported on July 12, 2017, that a driver fled the scene after their car crashed through a mailbox in Harker Heights Wednesday morning July 12, 2017. Police responded to the 400 block of S. Roy Reynolds Dr. just after 2:00 a.m. Officers said a Chevy Camaro was traveling south at about 40 miles per hour when it veered off of the road and went straight through a mailbox. When the car stopped, the driver took off, leaving the vehicle behind, police said. There were no suspect descriptions given, and no one was injured.
Why did the Camaro veer off the road? It is very curious that the person fled the scene. Given what we know, it seems probable that the individual was under the influence of a substance. This could have hindered his ability to operate the motor vehicle and caused the crash, to begin with. In this scenario, the driver would have fled the scene because he did not want to get into trouble. Because of this person’s poor decisions, property damage has been incurred.
There is, however, a silver lining. At least, in this case, no one was hurt. The probable truth is, the only reason no one was hurt was because there was a mail box there instead of a person or another car. If the car lost control that easy, it would be well within the realm of reason that the driver could have easily hit a pedestrian or another vehicle.
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.
- Deaths 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 Auto Accident Attorney
Thankfully no one was hurt in this accident. It could have been drastically different. This driver who was driving irrationally could have hit someone else and caused injury, or even death. As the statistics above show, severe traffic accidents are not that uncommon. If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto-accident, you don’t have to face this alone. Please give our auto accident attorneys a call.