Sometime between 2:30 and 3 a.m. on Monday, Houston Police and Fire Department were called to a fiery blaze on the inbound lanes of Memorial Drive near Shepherd, close to downtown Houston. According to Houston Police officers, a woman had struck a guard rail on Memorial Drive and the vehicle burst into flame.
According to the Houston Police accident investigation, while trying to take an exit, the driver lost control of her SUV and drove up a concrete embankment. She crashed into a barrier causing SUV to burst into flames. Police say that the driver was traveling at great enough a rate of speed that when the vehicle impacted with the barrier, debris from the vehicle was sent flying 200 feet away. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and has not been identified. Emergency crews spent several hours cleaning up the wreckage from the scene. Traffic was blocked for the eastbound lanes of Memorial Drive until approximately 6 a.m.
Driving at a reasonable speed, especially when making exits or entrances onto busy roadways, is important. No one wants to be in a serious car accident, but there precautions that drivers can take in order to lessen their chances of a crash.
- Always be awake, aware and buckle up. Most states have seat belt restraint laws and Texas is no different. Keeping everyone buckled up decreases injuries and helps prevent needless tragedy.
- Be focused on your driving. Always be aware of what is in front of, behind and around you at all times. Adjust your rear view and side view mirrors even before you set out.
- Maintain a safe following distance between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you. When changing lanes, make certain that you have enough clearance and be sure to signal your intentions.
- Travel at a safe speed and give yourself ample room to stop.
- Avoid distracted driving. That means stay off the cellphone, stop messing with the radio and try not to eat while driving. Yes, it may be inconvenient to pull off the road and stop for these things during your journey, but it is far safer if you do.
- Make sure you have a good spare tire and a jack with you in case you get a flat. It is also good to have a warning triangle or signal flares with you to indicate to other drivers that you are stopped.
- Pay attention to all road signs. Obey the directions of all signs and always be on the lookout for drivers who may have ignored their traffic signs or pedestrians who may be unaware of their surroundings.
- Use your turn signals to indicate turns or lane changes. Indicating your intent can help prevent accidents.
Even in the best cases, however, accidents can happen. If you have been in a serious car accident where injuries or even fatalities have been involved, it is always wise to have good legal representation. After the an accident, dealing with the property damage, insurance claims, medical expenses and even the tragic loss of a loved one can mean significant expense, pain and suffering. If you have been involved in a serious car accident, don’t wait to call our offices and speak with one of our attorneys. We have years of dedicated experience and service in cases of accident lawsuits. One of our attorneys can discuss your case with you and help your situation. We can provide you with the resources and attention to detail that can make certain that you are properly compensated for any damages, losses or death.