A multi-vehicle accident occurred on Wednesday, October 27th on SH-315. Two children and two adults were killed in the crash. The accident was a result of a combination of wet road conditions and high speeds.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the crash occurred Wednesday morning roughly nine miles southwest of Carthage. Both adults and both children were pronounced dead at the scene. A 9-year-old was injured in the crash and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Investigators report that a 2022 International truck-tractor towing a semi-trailer was heading southwest on SH-315, and a 2015 Mercedes-Benz was traveling northeast. Investigators determined that the Mercedes-Benz was traveling at high speeds down the wet roadway and started to hydroplane into the oncoming traffic. When the driver of the truck saw what was happening, he tried to avoid the car, but was unable to stop the collision.
The driver of the truck and another passenger were taken to the hospital and released soon after.
This crash remains under investigation.
How Speeding and Wet Road Conditions Can Lead to Fatal Car Crashes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding killed over 9,000 people in 2019 and was responsible for nearly 26% of all traffic fatalities. Speeding not only endangers the driver of the vehicle, but others around them.
Wet road conditions and rainfall cause more weather-related crashes than any other weather condition. Even when a driver is traveling at the posted speed limit, wet roads can make it difficult to come to a complete stop. Drivers attempting to stop often veer into oncoming traffic, resulting in a crash.
Combining high speeds with wet road conditions can lead to even worse results. Wet roads pose a danger even when you’re driving at normal speed limits, and speeding only increases your risk of a crash. When you choose to speed in rainy or wet conditions, you’re not just endangering yourself, but all other drivers and passengers on the road with you.
Many people feel justified in speeding to avoid traffic, to save time when they’re running late, or simply out of a disregard for the law and others around them.
Speeding may seem like a good idea at the time, but the risk is never worth it. Before leaving the house, make a point to stay at or below the speed limit to protect yourself and all others out on the road!
If you see that the roads are wet, take extra caution while driving down busy and crowded roads. Always give yourself enough room to brake without hitting the vehicle in front of you.
If you’ve been injured in a Texas car or truck accident, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns today to seek justice and financial relief.