Northwest Harris County Tollbooth Accident
Written by greg on October 26, 2012
Early this morning a driver lost control of his SUV, hit a tree and then rammed into a tollbooth in northwest Harris County. It was about 2 in the morning on the feeder road of Beltway 8 North in Northwest Harris County. The tollbooth was substantially damaged from the accident and the only reported injury was the driver lost control of his vehicle. The driver was taken to a hospital for treatment and initial indications indicate his injuries may not be that serious.
The investigation by Precinct 4 deputies is continuing to determine whether or not alcohol was a factor in this early morning accident. There are at least two reasons for the inquiry regarding alcohol in this accident. The first is a one vehicle accident without explanation. The second is that the accident happened early in the morning under suspicious circumstances (unexplained loss of control).
Several years ago, I represented the young man who was involved in a very serious accident at the toll booth when a drunk driver rammed into the back of his car while he was stopped to pay the toll. The accident happened because the driver of the other vehicle was drunk. Tollbooth accidents can happen easily in such circumstances because the stop is somewhat unnatural on a highway or feeder road setting.
Many people going to a tollbooth can mistake the stop and pay lane for the ez tag line and that can lead to serious problems. The toll roads in Houston are a necessity giving our explosive growth and the need for more roads and highways to alleviate traffic congestion. No one likes paying a toll, having toll roads and used in such as the Grand Parkway and the Beltway are critically important to Houston’s growth in the next decade.
At times, particularly during the holiday season, Houston authorities have found the funds to implement the “no refusal” policy which enables law enforcement to obtain alcohol testing from any suspected drunk driver by obtaining a warrant should the suspect refuse testing. The policy has been very successful in arresting and convicting suspected drunk drivers but is not implemented every day.
It is my hope that we can combine efforts such as the no refusal policy with a ongoing media effort to educate drivers of the dangers of drinking and driving. Slogans such as “friends don’t let friends drive drunk” or “don’t ride drunk” have been very effective in getting the message out. Unfortunately, such programs take funding which has been hard to find in recent years.
Greg Baumgartner is a Houston injury lawyer and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, which is dedicated to helping personal injury victims seek civil justice. If you would like to speak with an injury lawyer in Houston call the Baumgartner firm.