Crunch City

With Houston's aggressive motorists and anything-goes attitude, it's no accident that the rate of car crashes is out of control


The police gave Wright a court date to determine whether he must pay for the damage to the Infiniti. As for the Neon, it was done in. The repair shop estimated the bill at more than the car was worth.

Wright went to an attorney who told him he had no case. "The other guy just has liability insurance, but he might try to push the issue," Wright says. "I ain't gonna let that happen. I'll just file bankruptcy or something. I can't be pushed into a corner."

Deron Neblett

Vargas says Houstonians aren't mentally ready for a return to 55 miles per hour.
Deron Neblett
Vargas says Houstonians aren't mentally ready for a return to 55 miles per hour.

Wright and his girlfriend rented a car until he could get his old clunker of a van running. Wright emptied his savings account and is waiting for his tax refund. When it comes, he'll make a down payment on a new car for Ebony. All told, the crash will cost him about $5,000. The move to Indianapolis has been indefinitely postponed.

This is Wright's third wreck. It probably won't be his last. "The other guy was a bad driver. He shouldn't have been driving like he was," Wright now says. "I was in my lane. If he wouldn't have slowed down, I wouldn't be in the situation that I'm in. The rain did not allow me to stop."

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