A serious automobile or any other type of accident always seems to happen when you least expect it to. This was the case recently on Sunday morning when a five car pileup on U.S. 290 at around 3:00 a.m. resulted in numerous serious injuries. According to a report from station KTRK, one of those injured needed to be airlifted by Life Flight.
Eyewitness to the crash, Timothy Hernandez and his wife were driving eastbound near Beltway 8 when the driver of an SUV got too close to their vehicle. Hernandez attempted to move over in order to let the faster moving vehicle an opportunity to pass. Instead, the SUV crashed into Hernandez’ vehicle before it struck a retaining wall.
Hernandez reported that he and his wife stopped to see if the other driver was alright and found him getting out of his vehicle. Hernandez said that when the other driver walked behind his car he was struck by another oncoming vehicle. Soon afterward a chain reaction crash unfolded that involved several other vehicles including two or three other cars and a couple of motorcycles.
Authorities have not indicated whether the driver of the SUV had been driving under the influence of alcohol.
Timothy Hernandez did what he felt was the safest approach possible in order to stay safe on the road. Law enforcement and safety experts agree that there are a number of ways to help lessen your potential of getting into a serious accident. When driving you should:
- Make sure to signal your intention of changing lanes by using your turn signal.
- Check your mirrors before making a lane change.
- Only change lanes one at a time. Multiple lane changes at once can be viewed as erratic behavior by both law enforcement and other drivers.
- Be sure not to cut anyone off when changing lanes.
- Do not change lanes if traffic is separated by solid lines. Wait until you have a dashed line before attempting to pass another vehicle.
- Avoid changing lanes in an intersection.
Of course, no matter how careful you are or precaution you take in order to be a safe driver, in the blink of an eye, you can find yourself in a serious accident. If you or a loved one has suffered injury in any kind of motor vehicle accident through no fault of your own and if you live in the greater Houston area, give our offices a call today.
Each of our attorneys has years of experience in assisting our clients after being hurt in an accident. You may be entitled to compensation for any medical bills, damages to your vehicle or other costs.
We are here to help and want to meet with you in order to discuss the details of your case with you. We will outline what your options are. Your initial consultation is free and without obligation to you.