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Recent Study Finds Fatal Crashes More Likely at Intersections with Traffic Lights

A recent study by Rice University's Kinder Institute found that intersections with stop lights are nine times more likely to have a fatal crash with pedestrians and bicyclists than those without stop lights. The study was prompted by the death of Rice University Professor Marjorie Corcoran who was hit and killed by a METRO light rail train near the Houston Medical Center in February. During the study, researchers examined records of all traffic crashes within the city of Houston from January 2010 to September 2016. Throughout this six-year period, there were 3,952 intersection-related automobile accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists. Of those accidents, 90 resulted in a fatality, 1,802 resulted in an injury, and 2,060 were no-injury crashes. From 2012 to 2015, researchers noted a 42 percent increase in intersection-related collisions in Houston.

Flying Object Kills Another Texas Motorist

For the second time in one week, a flying object has killed a Texas motorist. On June 10th, a 69-year-old woman was killed when a trailer hitch ball crashed through the windshield of her car and struck her in the head. The woman was immediately taken to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The Houston Police Department is conducting an investigation surrounding the details of the accident. It is currently unclear where the trailer hitch ball came from and how it got loose.

Man Killed by Flying Tire on the Freeway

Abdias Levya was killed on his way home after dropping his father off at work. It was almost 6:00 a.m. when Abdias was travelling northbound on I-45 near San Jacinto, when a wheel fell off a Ford F-150 travelling southbound and bounced into the northbound lanes before crashing through Mr. Levya's windshield, killing him instantly.

SUV Driver Killed in Head-On Collision After Truck Loses its Wheel

The driver of an SUV, identified as Abdias Layva, was tragically killed in a head-on collision on the Pierce Elevated Tuesday morning after a pickup truck jumped a barrier wall after losing its wheel. According to police, the pickup truck's wheel sheared off of the axel due to apparent "metal fatigue."

Drunk Driving's Unknown Punishment - Civil Penalties

Being charged with a DWI in Texas is an offense with serious criminal penalties, but most people fail to realize that the civil penalties of a DWI are just as painful. These civil penalties are independent of the criminal charge and can greatly affect your bank account and your driving privileges.

91-Year-Old Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

Erlene Gomez, 91, died Thursday night after being struck by a hit-and-run driver at Heights Boulevard and 15th Street in the Heights in Houston. According to KHOU News, Gomez was struck from behind by a white Toyota SUV while walking down 15th Street after getting off a bus. According to a witness, the driver left the scene slowly, and police believe the driver lives in the neighborhood.

Placing Side Guard Rails on 18-Wheelers Will Help Reduce the Number of Highway Fatalities

In 2015, 301 passenger vehicle occupants were killed when colliding with the side of an 18-wheeler's trailer. This has led to the call for side guard rails, which are aimed at preventing deaths caused by side-impact collisions with trailers.

Police Investigating Possible Use of Alcohol in Deadly Crash

A deadly motor vehicle collision occurred in the early morning hours of Monday, and police are investigating to determine if alcohol was involved.

Another Pedestrian Struck and Killed by Bus in Downtown Houston As Pedestrian Fatality Rates Continue to Rise

On Tuesday afternoon, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a bus in downtown Houston. According to investigators, the pedestrian was walking near St. Joseph Medical Center when she was struck by a First Class Tours bus. The woman, whose name has not been released by investigators, died at the scene. Investigators have not determined if the woman was in the crosswalk or if the light was green at the time. This incident is the second incident this year in which a pedestrian was struck and killed by a bus in downtown Houston. In January, a pedestrian was crossing the street when he was struck and killed by a METRO bus in downtown Houston. Unfortunately, the number of pedestrian fatalities in Houston has steadily increased every year since at least 2013.

Texans Ranked Top 20 for Most Distracted Drivers in U.S.

In the United States, distracted driving has become a pressing issue. A recent study conducted by Zendrive collected data from 3.1 million drivers in the U.S., on trips covering 5.6 billion miles between December 2016 and February 2017, and found drivers spend an average of 3.5 minutes using their phones.

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