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Two teenagers are dead and three others injured after a wrong-way collision in Dallas, TX, that took place on Friday, April 29th, at around 9 p.m.

Details About the Wrong-Way Collision

On April 29th, a group of teenagers was driving a gray SUV in the 13900 block of Esperanza at around 9 p.m. The teenagers’ family told police that the group had gone out to grab food. According to Dallas Police, a maroon 2009 GMC Sierra pickup truck was heading south in the northbound lane of traffic at a high rate of speed. The pickup truck struck the SUV head-on and fled the scene without offering aid to the teenagers.

The five victims were transported to a nearby hospital. Two of the teenage siblings died from their injuries; they were 15 and 16-years-old. Three of the teens were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. 

Police have released a photo of the man responsible for the wrong-way collision and are asking the public for any information on his whereabouts. The Dallas Police Department has asked that anyone with information regarding the suspect contact Detective Kenneth Watson at 214-671-0015.

Leading Factors of Wrong-Way Crashes

Many wrong-way crashes result in fatalities because the impact of the vehicles is often head-on. While many drivers are confident that they would never be caught driving the wrong way on a road, it actually happens quite often. 

There are many factors that can lead to wrong-way crashes, including:

  • Driving under the influence — A driver’s vision, judgment, and decision-making skills are all affected when driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Distracted driving — Cellphones, GPS systems, food, and other passengers can all distract a driver and cause them to go the wrong way on a road.
  • Drowsy driving — If a driver is drowsy when behind the wheel, they are not fully alert and can easily go the wrong way.
  • Poor lighting — A poorly lit road can make it difficult to see signs and exits, which can contribute to a driver going the wrong way.
  • Inadequate road signs — If a road sign is inadequately placed or difficult to read, it can confuse drivers on the road. 
  • Hazardous weather conditions — Rain, fog, snow, wind, and ice can all make it difficult for a driver to properly see the road and road signs.

Although some causes of wrong-way crashes are out of a driver’s control, there are many things a driver can do to avoid these collisions. Before getting behind the wheel of your vehicle, make sure you are well-rested and prepared for any hazardous weather conditions during your commute. As a driver, you have a responsibility to put away all distractions and not drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

Reach out to your Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns today to get started on your car accident claim.

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Source: NBCDFW, DallasNews

About Keith Lapeze

Keith Lapeze co-founded Lapeze & Johns with the focus of delivering dependable legal services to individuals hurt in accidents caused by negligence. After graduating third in his class from Louisiana State University Law Center, Mr. Lapeze continued his calling through commercial, environmental, and tort litigation where he is admitted to practice in both Texas and Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Read more about Keith Lapeze here.