Three people are dead and two are injured following a multi-vehicle crash that took place Friday, January 21, in Anderson County, TX. The crash occurred around 2 p.m., approximately five miles north of Palestine on SH-19.
According to officials, the driver of a Ford F-150 attempted to pass a Dodge Caravan when it hit a Subaru Outback head-on. Three victims were pronounced dead at the hospital, while two others suffered non-incapacitating injuries.
The 3-Vehicle Crash
After a preliminary investigation, officials found that a Dodge Caravan was traveling south on SH-19, followed by a Ford F-150. Reports show that a Subaru Outback was traveling north on SH-19 at the same time. For an unknown reason, the Ford F-150 attempted to pass the Dodge Caravan and ended up in a head-on collision with the Subaru Outback.
The 67-year-old driver and 61-year-old passenger of the Subaru Outback were taken to a nearby hospital where they were later pronounced dead. The 38-year-old driver of the Ford F-150 would be the third fatality in the incident.
The 70-year-old driver and 72-year-old passenger of the Dodge Caravan were taken to a local hospital where they were treated and released for non-incapacitating injuries. According to officials, this investigation is ongoing and they have no additional information at this time.
Safety Tips for Passing Another Vehicle
When you’re driving on a busy road, chances are you’ll need to pass other vehicles in order to make your exit or get to your destination in a timely manner. Although this is a common occurrence, passing other vehicles can quickly become dangerous if drivers are not following safe passing practices.
In order to safely pass other vehicles, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Make sure that the road ahead is clear before passing
- Avoid passing vehicles such as motorcycles and bicycles
- Don’t exceed the speed limit when passing
- If possible, only pass on the left side of vehicles
- Never pass traffic when there is a solid yellow line on the roadway—it is illegal
- When passing, stay within the painted edge of the road
- Don’t move back to your original lane until you can see both headlights of the vehicle you just passed
If you’re driving behind a car and it becomes absolutely necessary to pass them, keep these safety tips in mind to allow for a smooth and safe vehicle pass. Rushing to get by another vehicle without regard for safety can lead to a severe or fatal crash. When you’re behind the wheel, you have a responsibility as a driver to share the road safely with other drivers.
Reach out to your Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns today to get started on your legal claim.