One man is dead following a chain-reaction crash in Dallas, TX. The crash occurred on Monday, April 25, on Interstate 365.

The Chain-Reaction Crash

On April 25, a blue 2009 Honda Accord was driving in the 10700 block of westbound LBJ Freeway in heavy rain when it was involved in a single-vehicle accident. 

According to Dallas police, the Honda Accord became disabled in the left lane of the freeway. At that same time, a semi-truck attempting to pass another semi failed to notice the Accord, striking the vehicle and pulling right. This motion caused both semi-trucks to hit the concrete barrier on the freeway. When the first semi hit the Accord, its trailer became disconnected and the cab started on fire. The second semi jackknifed down an embankment.

Authorities stated that the driver of the Honda Accord was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The condition of both semi drivers is unknown at this time.

Emergency crews arrived on the scene shortly after the crash to put out the semi-truck fire and clear the wreckage.

How Weather Contributes to Car Crashes

According to The Weather Channel, weather-related accidents kill more people each year than large-scale weather disasters. While people drive in all types of weather each day, the effect it can have on a driver is often underestimated. 

Although each weather condition can impact the road differently, they can all contribute to car crashes:

  • Rain — Drivers and their vehicles can both be affected by rain on the road. Vehicles tend to lose traction easily in the rain and drivers have a harder time controlling their vehicles and clearly seeing the roadway. 
  • Fog — Fog greatly reduces visibility on the road. In foggy weather conditions, a driver may have a harder time seeing sudden changes in traffic that can require immediate action. 
  • Wind — Driving in the wind can be difficult for a driver and their vehicle. Windy conditions can make a vehicle unstable and drivers may have a hard time maintaining control. Wind can also limit a driver’s visibility due to dust and debris.
  • Snow — Snow can cause a vehicle to lose traction on the road and cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle. Snow can also limit visibility. 
  • Ice — When precipitation freezes, it can create a layer of ice on the road. This type of weather condition makes it easy for a vehicle to lose traction and spin out of control.

Because weather can have such an impact on drivers and their vehicles, it’s important that every driver is prepared before heading out on the road. Make a habit of checking the weather before leaving your house each day and take it slow on the road until you can safely pull over or reach your destination.

Reach out to your Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze and Johns today to get started on your car accident claim.

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Source: NBCDFW


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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.