Details of the Fatal Accident
Cynthia Vega and Santiago Vega, 17, drove eastbound on Interstate 71 at around 8:30 a.m. when the fatal accident occurred. A driver in a Subaru traveling west on the interstate entered into the path of Vega’s vehicle, crashing into the front of the car.
Vega’s Ford Focus spun toward a guardrail before a semi-truck traveling east collided with the passenger side, reports CBS Austin. The force of the collision flipped the Ford Focus onto its side.
Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 35,092 people died in motor vehicle wrecks on U.S. roadways in 2015, an increase of 7.2 percent from 2014.
- An estimated 2.44 million people suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
- 105,000 more people sustained injuries in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.
- Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.