5 Constables Injured Following a Multi-Vehicle Collision in Montgomery County
by J. Gonzalez Injury Attorneys | March 4th, 2021 | Auto Accident
On the night of Saturday, February 27, the driver of a Tesla and five Montgomery County deputy constables were involved in a chain-reaction accident in Splendora.
Details About the Incident
According to local authorities, the accident occurred at approximately 1:15 a.m. at the intersection of Eastex Freeway near East River Road in Montgomery County.
Initial reports indicate that the driver of the Tesla rear-ended a cruiser involved in a traffic stop, which led to a chain-reaction of vehicles rear-ending each other. The incident caused serious injuries including broken bones, spinal injuries, and scrapes.
A K9 officer was also involved and evaluated by a veterinarian.
Two patrol vehicles were totaled as a result of the incident and three other vehicles were significantly damaged.
It is believed that the driver of the Tesla was driving-under-the-influence and failed to slow down. That driver was not injured but was charged with a DWI.
Multi-Vehicle Accidents by the Numbers
According to a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), there were a total of 17,079 lives lost due to multi-vehicle accidents across the U.S. in 2018.
That same year, Texas experienced approximately 1,802 multi-vehicle fatalities.
The Consequences of Driving Under the Influence
In 2019, alcohol-related accidents accounted for a quarter of all traffic fatalities in the State of Texas.
Individuals charged with a DUI or DWI may face a number of penalties, including:
- First Offense: 180 days worth of jail time and/or $2,000 maximum fine. Drivers can also lose their license for up to a year.
- Second Offense: 30-365 days worth of jail time and/or $4,000 maximum fine upon second offense if committed within 5 years of the first offense. Licenses can be suspended for a maximum period of two years.
- Third Offense: Around 2-10 years in prison and/or $10,000 fine with a license suspension.
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Source: ABC 13