Late last night, two men were killed and a child injured when two pickup trucks collided nearly head-on on North Main in Baytown. The 3-year-old child was rushed to Hermann Hospital in critical condition. There is no word yet as to the cause of the collision, as police are still investigating.
While head-on collisions occur less frequently than other types of collisions, they are far deadlier. In 2005, only 2% of all motor vehicle collisions were head-on, but they accounted for more than 10% of all fatal collisions. 3,970 fatal head-on collisions occurred in the United States in 2005.
Fatal head-on collisions occur most frequently on rural roads, which are sometimes unmarked, allow for passing on two-lane roads, and have blind curves and high speed limits. However, last night’s accident shows that the risk of head-on collisions in urban and suburban areas are also very real. Late night head-on collisions by wrong-way drivers, who are often intoxicated, have occurred with alarming frequency in the Houston area in recent years. One such collision in Houston in late June killed five family members.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured or killed in a car crash, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner today by calling 713-396-3964 or toll free at 1-800-870-8584.