Harris County authorities have reported that a mother died and her daughter was left in critical condition after a car accident on Sunday, June 6th. The mother was driving past a subdivision when a truck pulled out in front of her, leading to the subsequent collision.
The Head-On Crash
An investigation remains underway after a car accident took place on Ella Boulevard near FM1960 at around 2:30 p.m. on June 6th. The crash involved three vehicles, though one was not directly struck.
A mother and her 15-year-old daughter were traveling northbound in a white Kia Optima when they were cut off by a Chevrolet pickup truck exiting a subdivision. While the mother was able to avoid the truck, the maneuver caused her to lose control of her vehicle, crossing the center line into oncoming traffic.
The Kia collided with a Chevrolet Equinox which was traveling south on Ella. The Kia driver was a 60-year-old woman.
According to Harris County authorities, the mother passed away on the scene and her daughter suffered life-threatening injuries. She was airlifted to a hospital for treatment following the crash.
The 60-year-old woman was also injured and left in critical condition. She was also hospitalized after the accident.
As of now, investigators are still hoping to get a better idea of why the accident occurred, specifically by seeking surveillance footage of the scene. The driver of the pickup has not been identified at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. In either case, you should have the option to report your tip anonymously.
What Texas Law Says About Getting Cut-Off
In situations like these, it seems obvious that the driver on the main thoroughfare has the right-of-way over those entering onto the road from connecting drives. However, these situations can be tricky, especially when drivers disagree about what actually happened during the crash. If a person knowingly cut you off, they may consider it in their best interest to claim otherwise in order to avoid liability.
While cutting someone off isn’t a codified crime in Texas, reckless driving is. Nevertheless, the legal system will need to be able to prove that the “cutter” knowingly or wantonly disregarded others’ safety to charge someone with reckless driving for cutting someone off.
Determining the legality of pulling in front of another driver can be even trickier to judge on the highway. The law states that all drivers merging onto the highway from the right must yield to those already in the lane. However, when it comes to three or four-lane highways, figuring out who had the right to do what can get even more confusing.
With that, it’s imperative that you always drive with courtesy and caution. If someone else cuts you off, do not retaliate as doing so can put you in even greater danger. Instead, focus on your driving. Seeking revenge after a slight on the road can distract us from the most important task at hand: driving the car.
If you’ve been involved in a cut-off accident in Texas, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns today to determine whether or not you may be owed compensation.