On the morning of Wednesday, July 13, in Lake Jackson, Texas, a car was driving the wrong way and crashed head-on into a sheriff deputy’s Tahoe. 

The Fatal Wrong-Way Crash

Around 1:30 a.m. on July 13, a black Ford sedan was heading southbound in the northbound lane of State Highway 332. In the same area, near Elm Street, a Brazoria sheriff’s deputy was driving northbound in a Tahoe when he saw the sedan coming toward him. The deputy attempted to avoid a collision but the Tahoe was struck head-on by the sedan. After the Tahoe and Ford collided, another vehicle hit the side of the Tahoe.

The sedan and deputy’s Tahoe were destroyed, but the damage to the third vehicle was reported as minor. 

The Ford was carrying a male passenger, who died at the scene. The driver of the Ford was said to be in critical condition and was taken to a hospital by helicopter. The deputy experienced non-life threatening injuries but was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. No injuries were reported from the third vehicle. 

The investigation is still ongoing. Investigators hope to interview the driver of the Ford to get more information.

The northbound lanes were shut down until 7 a.m. as a crew cleaned up the debris and investigators reviewed the crash site.

What Causes Wrong-Way Car Accidents?

Wrong-way crashes are typically seen on one-way streets in the city or on the highway, and are dangerous because they typically result in head-on collisions. The risk is greater on the highway where cars are traveling at higher speeds.

It only takes one wrong turn to end up on the wrong side of the road. Avoid this mistake by keeping an eye out for one-way or wrong-way signs. Remember, smaller towns and rural areas might not have as many signs. You can also watch other drivers or use a GPS in unfamiliar areas to avoid accidentally going the wrong way. Review the list below for common causes of wrong-way crashes.

  • Driving under the influence
  • Lack of or inappropriately placed signs
  • Drowsy driving
  • Unfamiliarity with roads
  • Unmarked ramps
  • Distracted driving

There are a few steps you should take if you see someone driving the wrong way. Pull over as safely and quickly as possible, then call the police to report the driver. It’s important to pay attention when driving and avoid going the wrong way, but it’s also important to know how to avoid drivers who are going in the wrong direction and keep yourself safe from wrong-way crashes.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a wrong-way crash, call Lapeze & Johns to get help fighting for justice.

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Source: ABC13

About Christopher Johns

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.