A three-car collision occurred on Highway 80 in Abilene on Sunday, resulting in two critical injuries for two of those involved.
Three cars were involved in a crash on East Highway 80 at around 5 p.m. on Sunday. Two individuals were hospitalized with severe injuries. As a result, a section of Highway 80 was closed to traffic for four hours.
According to law enforcement authorities, a 30-year-old Roscoe resident was headed west on 80 when his F-150 crossed both of the eastbound lanes before colliding with the guardrail and Toyota Tundra. The Tundra was then struck by a Honda Odyssey. The collision occurred just east of Loop 322.
The Roscoe resident’s truck traveled further on the south side of the road before rolling over. Police report he was not wearing a seat belt at the time and as a result was ejected from the vehicle.
Both the 30-year-old man and a passenger from the Tundra, a 58-year-old resident of Abilene, were transported to Hendrick Medical Center before later being care-flighted to Fort Worth’s John Peter Smith Hospital.
Authorities report that the Abilene resident faced severe damage to her right arm, while the man from Roscoe suffered severe head injuries.
Multi-Car Crash Facts
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the majority of car accidents in the United States that result in a fatality only involve one vehicle. While in Texas, 51% of fatal crashes involve only one car, but some reports suggest that the portion of multi-vehicle fatal accidents may be increasing.
Of accidents involving multiple vehicles, the most common type is an angled collision, including T-bones and similar collisions. The next most common collision is head on, followed by rear-end collisions, and then sideswipes.
What to Do After a Car Accident
We all know that events of a car crash can be incredibly chaotic, but many of us aren’t familiar with the chaos that often follows. Seeking insurance or legal relief for the suffering you or a loved one faced during a car accident can be incredibly difficult, especially if multiple vehicles were involved, but that process may go more smoothly if you know what to do in the event of a crash:
- Stay safe: move yourself, and your vehicle if possible, to a safe location and give aid to others if it is safe to do so.
- Get a police report: getting a police report of the accident is often essential to seeking any sort of relief after a car accident.
- Trade contact information: get the contact and insurance details from all parties involved.
- Gather evidence: take pictures of all relevant factors and note down anything you remember about the accident and what led to it.
- Speak to an attorney: while you don’t have to speak to an attorney to seek relief, they may increase your likelihood of gaining the compensation you need to recover.
- Seek medical attention: see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident to show that you received medical attention for your injuries. It would also help your case to obtain documentation showing the car accident caused your injuries.
If you’ve been involved in a multi-car accident, don’t face the process of seeking relief alone; the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns can help you.