One driver was killed in a chain-reaction crash involving three vehicles in Northeast Harris County on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Two vehicles were involved in a minor crash before the driver of one was struck by a third passing vehicle.
The Information Behind the Car Accidents
Harris County authorities report that they are investigating the incident which occurred in the 1200 block of Lockwood prior to 11 p.m. on Wednesday.
According to police, a Honda and Cadillac were both traveling southbound on Lockwood when they were involved in a minor car accident. While the Honda driver pulled their vehicle off the road, the Cadillac driver stopped on Lockwood.
At this point, the Cadillac driver exited his vehicle onto Lockwood where he was struck by a southbound Mercedes. The Cadillac driver was pinned under the Mercedes following the collision. When authorities arrived on the scene, the driver was airlifted to a hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Authorities report that their investigation into this incident is ongoing, but that they do not suspect that alcohol played a role.
The Danger of Crash Scenes
For those who study and report on car accidents, there are many factors of these life-shattering events that are particularly tragic. One thing that makes car accidents like the one above particularly awful is the fact that they could be preventable with better roadway safety education.
While car accidents can be incredibly dangerous, that danger doesn’t end when the vehicles involved stop moving. The fact is, the scene following a car crash can be just as potentially deadly as the crash itself.
If you’re involved in a car crash on a minor roadway or in a parking lot, the risk of further collisions may be relatively low. However, even in the slowest traffic, accidents can occur if drivers can’t see or don’t notice crashed drivers on the roadway.
Most of us are familiar with the sort of curiosity that comes when passing a car accident. That curiosity can distract us from our driving and lead us to miss noticing obstructions or pedestrians. Because of this, it is essential that you slow down and pay close attention to the road when passing a car accident.
However, this danger can be avoided almost entirely if those involved in car accidents follow certain precautions. Of course, car accidents can be incredibly overwhelming. It can be difficult to remember the right behaviors to follow after a crash, and it can be tempting to think those guidelines don’t apply to your situation.
No matter how minor your crash or how capable you are as a driver, you need to prioritize safety above all following the incident.
To help our clients stay safe, Lapeze & Johns have created a guide on what to do after a Texas car accident. Keep these rules on hand to help avoid the potential dangers that come after a collision, and share our guide with your loved ones to help them stay safe, too.
If you’ve been involved in a car or truck accident in Texas, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns to learn about your legal options for relief.