A woman and a Houston Police officer were fortunate to escape injury on the Southwest Freeway in the early morning hours on Friday. The driver collided with a police cruiser that was parked and scanning for speeding violators after striking a guard rail on the Southwest Freeway. A spokesman for the Houston Police Department said that the crash happened near Beltway 8 around 1 a.m. Friday morning. Police say the driver was speeding at the time then slammed on her brakes when she saw the speed trap. This caused her to lose control of the vehicle and crash. Neither the officer nor the driver was injured. Police said the driver would face two citations for the incident. It’s a well-established fact that most drivers do tend to go at least a little over the posted speed limit. Reasons for intentionally speeding could be if a driver is running late to work or to an appointment.
Often, a driver may not even realize that how fast they are going or just moving with the flow of traffic until they see the flashing lights of a law enforcement vehicle in their rear view mirror. It doesn’t matter if driving at an excessive speed is intentional or not, high-speed accidents can be disastrous and life altering events. When accidents happen at high speeds, or where reckless driving is involved, it can result in severe property damage, injuries such as broken bones, head injuries, whiplash, spinal cord injuries and loss of life. In some high speed accident cases, factors such as drunk driving, texting while driving or distracted driving can all play a role in the cause of the accident. A driver can also pay higher insurance rates or lose coverage completely as a result of their high speed accident. Even though the majority of high speed accidents take place on major highways, freeways or Interstates, a substantial number of speed related accidents occur on rural roads as well. High speed accidents are usually caused by: * aggressive driving * reckless driving * distracted driving * driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances * failure to follow posted signage or obey the rules of the road Even with these contributing factors, how a road is designed may also be considered in why a high-speed accident might have occurred.
According to the NHTSA, almost 40 percent of all high-speed related traffic fatalities occurred when a driver took a curve at a rate of speed than was appropriate. This figure is nearly double of those accidents that occurred in accidents in a similar terrain where the driver had not been speeding. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was the direct result of someone travelling at high-speeds or involved in reckless driving, give our offices a call. We specialize in representing clients in personal injury and accident cases. Our legal professionals are here to help you and to answer any questions you may have about determining the real value of your accident case. After an accident, medical expenses, long term care, rehabilitation and even funeral costs after a tragic loss of a beloved family member can seem overwhelming. You have rights to compensation that are guaranteed by law. We will not only help you seek compensation, but can help you see justice is done. We have years of experience of successfully representing our clients in the Texas Courts. Your initial consultation is confidential and without obligation or cost to you.