In the early morning of Saturday, July 16, near Killeen, Texas, a car traveling the wrong way crashed into another car and caught on fire, killing three people and injuring one.

The Fatal Accident

At around 1:56 a.m. on July 16, two cars were traveling near the Ft. Hood T.J. Mills exit on Interstate 14. A 22-year-old man was driving a 2017 Toyota Corolla in the wrong direction in the westbound lane, while a 20-year-old woman was driving a 2013 Kia Optima in the right direction in the same lane. 

The Kia and Toyota crashed head-on, and the Toyota caught on fire. 

Eye-witnesses of the accident tried to help get the Toyota driver out of his vehicle, but were unable to, and he died on the scene. 

The driver of the Kia was injured and taken to a nearby hospital in Temple, Texas. Two passengers, one male and one female, both in their twenties, were riding in the back seat of the Kia. They weren’t wearing their seatbelts and died from the crash. 

A spokesman from the Department of Public Safety reported that this accident, which happened near the Fort Hood main gate, did involve Fort Hood personnel.

8 Tips for Driving at Night

Driving at night is more dangerous than driving in the daytime, even if you are familiar with the roads. The darkness limits your peripheral vision, depth perception, and color recognition, all of which severely affect your response time. Animals are also more active at night, which could result in an accident.

Keep yourself and your loved ones safe on the road with these nighttime driving tips.

  • Slow Down Reducing your speed by a few miles per hour can give you more time to respond to traffic or road conditions.
  • Be Alert It can be hard not to fall asleep while driving in the dark. Stay awake by listening to music or rolling down the windows to feel the night breeze.
  • Adjust Internal Lighting Bright lights from the radio or control panel can limit your eyes’ ability to adjust to the darkness. Lower your car’s internal lights to help you see better while driving at night.  
  • Watch Out for Oncoming Lights Avoid looking directly into oncoming traffic lights that can temporarily impair your eyesight, but also watch for any vehicles coming directly at you in your lane.
  • Watch for Animals Watch for any animals that may decide to dart across the road into your path.
  • Use High Beams Use your high beams to increase your visibility when no other vehicles are traveling in front of you or in the opposite direction.
  • Clean Your Windshield and Headlights Keep your windshield and headlights clean to avoid dim headlights and limited visibility. 
  • Check Your Brake Lights and Turn Signals Make sure your brake lights and turn signals work to avoid rear-end crashes in the dark. 

Even though there is less traffic on the road at night, nighttime crashes are common due to limited visibility, drowsy driving, or impaired driving. If you plan to drive at night, make sure you and your vehicle are prepared for the dark before hitting the road.

If you suffered an injury from a nighttime car accident, you can find justice with help from Lapeze & Johns today.

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Source: KWTX, KDHNEWS, ValleyCentral

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johnsChristopher Johns co-founded Lapeze & Johns with one thing in mind: civil justice for victims of negligence. Mr. Johns is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried over 50 cases to verdict and judgment throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast, and around the United States with a 98% success rate. His efforts throughout his time at the University of Houston Law Center and as a lawyer have garnered him many accolades, a 10.0 rating from AVVO, and Super Lawyer in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation every year since 2004. Read more about Christopher Johns here.