On Friday evening, at least one person was seriously injured in a suspected drunk driving crash on U.S. 281. According to KFDX News Channel Three, the two-vehicle crash happened just after 7:00 p.m., near Lake Creek Road. The driver of a Chevy Malibu somehow caused the driver of a Honda to lose control of the car and spin out of control. The Honda went into oncoming traffic and was rear-ended by another vehicle. Of the four people inside of the Honda, one person was airlifted to United Regional Hospital for treatment of severe injuries.
Driver Arrested on Suspicion of DWI
First responders from several agencies, including Archer and Wichita County Sheriffs’ Offices, were on the scene. KFDX News Channel Three also reports that the driver of the Malibu was arrested on suspicion of DWI. There is no word on whether or not anybody else was injured in this crash or how exactly the Malibu caused the Honda to spin out of control on U.S. 281. The driver of the Honda was rushed into surgery upon arrival at United Regional and the last report stated that the condition was critical. There is no word on how that person is doing or the extent of injuries involved.
Drunk Driving Crash Facts
- In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes across the nation.
- Of those people killed, 65 percent were the drunk drivers themselves.
- Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the U.S. involve drunk drivers.
- In 2013, approximately one in five child passenger deaths (12 years old and younger) were in drunk driving crashes.
- 71 percent of the time, it was the child’s own driver who was drunk.
- Of those child passengers killed while riding with a drunk driver, 44 percent weren’t buckled up at the time of the crash.
After an Accident Involving a Drunk Driver
After any kind of car accident in Wichita Falls or the surrounding communities, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney about your options. Whether it was a case of drunk driving or distracted driving, a lawyer can be your advocate during a difficult time. Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with too, so don’t automatically assume that you’re in ‘good hands.’
The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes the Honda driver a swift and full recovery.