One person was killed and four others were left injured following a flat tire crash in Ector County early on Thursday, July 29th. Four out of five of those involved in the crash were not wearing safety belts at the time.
Details of the Rollover Accident
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was called to the scene of a crash on Interstate 20, three miles west of Odessa, at mile marker 111 at 12:02 a.m. There they found the aftermath of a rollover accident involving a Honda Accord.
DPS’s preliminary investigation discovered that the Accord had suffered a flat tire prior to the accident, leading to the driver losing control. The vehicle reportedly rolled before coming to a halt.
One passenger, a 22-year-old woman from Odessa, died at the scene of the crash. The driver of the Accord as well as three other passengers sustained serious injuries in the crash and were transported to a hospital.
Authorities stated that a lack of safety restraints may have contributed to the severity of this accident: none of the passengers in the vehicle, including the deceased, were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision.
An investigation into this incident remains underway.
Texas Rollover Accidents and Vehicle Safety Ratings
Unfortunately, there is an infinite number of complex things that can cause or contribute to the damages suffered in a car accident. From seat belt use to drinking and driving, drivers make many different choices that make them more or less safe while on the road. However, one factor that drivers may not know they have control over is the safety of their vehicle itself.
All cars are not created equal; a minivan probably isn’t going to handle a crash the same way a Ford F-150 might. While that might seem obvious, it can be tricky for drivers and car-buyers to judge how safe one car is in comparison to another relatively similar vehicle.
That’s where car safety ratings come in.
Safety ratings are published by both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Administration. These ratings are created by running vehicles through a battery of tests: crash tests, rollover resistance tests, roof strength tests, and rear impact protection tests.
These tests determine how likely it is that a vehicle will be in an accident as well as how severe that accident might be, but the latter is their primary purpose. You might think that determining how likely a car is to crash is far more important than determining how that car will handle a crash if it happens, but the truth is that there are many types of accidents that we can’t predict or avoid. Because of this, crash safety is at least as important as the functional safety of a car, if not more.
When you’re considering buying a new car, be sure to research the make and model thoroughly, as well as the title and history of any used vehicles.
If you’ve been involved in a rollover crash in Texas, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns to learn about your options for legal relief.