It seems hard to believe that tragedy could strike repeatedly in the same vehicle on the same night. One night last week, however, five people were killed in five separate accidents around the in Houston area.
According to authorities, the first deadly crashed occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m. when a westbound driver on Airport stuck the center median curb, causing him to lose control of his vehicle into some trees on the right side of the road. The impact caused the vehicle to flip on its side when it caught on fire. The driver, trapped inside the vehicle. Emergency crews arrived on the scene to extinguish the blaze. The driver, whose name has not been released pending notification of family, has not been identified.
The second incident occurred at approximately 11:45 p.m. when a male pedestrian was attempting to cross FM 1960 and was struck by two separate vehicles. The first vehicle that struck the pedestrian never stopped. The second vehicle, who did not see the pedestrian, struck him twice. The female driver of the second vehicle did stop and spoke with authorities. The first driver is considered a hit and run and is being sought by the Harris County Sherriff’s Office.
In a third incident that happened around midnight, a driver was attempting to get around an 18-wheeler when struck the back end of the semi- truck causing them to lose control. The driver crashed into a retaining wall and flipped. This vehicle also caught fire. Houston Fire Department crews were able to extricate the driver from the vehicle; however, he later died at Ben Taub General hospital.
At 2:30 a.m., the driver of a Toyota was traveling at a high rate of speed down South Street when the male driver crashed his vehicle into the West Sam Houston Parkway wall. The vehicle flipped on impact. The driver died at the scene.
In the fifth incident, the driver of an SUV that was traveling westbound on I-10 lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a retaining wall located near Gellhorn at approximately 5:30 a.m. causing the vehicle to flip multiple times. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene of the crash.
Accidents can happen at any time and for a wide variety of reasons.
An automobile accident is about five times more likely to occur in the hours after sundown to sunrise or until approximately 6:00 a.m. No matter how diligent you are, no one can predict when an accident can happen.
If you or a loved one has been injured or been tragically lost in an accident in the Houston area, give our offices a call. We have experienced attorneys who can discuss the details of your case with you and help you decide your best course of action.
You may be entitled to a settlement that can cover medical costs, damages and even pain and suffering or wrongful death. We can help you to settle a claim to cover the medical or long term care. We can even serve as your point of contact when dealing with insurance companies and other parities connected to your accident case. We are here to help you, and your initial consultation is free.