The Multi-Vehicle Incident
Details were initially limited regarding the details of a deadly multi-vehicle crash in Denton on Wednesday evening. All lanes of South Loop 288 were closed near the area for several hours. The Denton Police Department posted about a multi-vehicle crash that resulted in one death on its social media at around 7:45, roughly 15 minutes after the accident happened.
The incident began when the deceased, driving a Honda Accord east on Shady Oaks Drive, was struck by the driver of a Cadillac Escalade traveling east on Loop 288. According to authorities, the initial collision pushed both vehicles into the northbound lanes of the Loop. At this point, the crashed cars were hit by two northbound vehicles, a Jeep Wrangler and Toyota Camry.
“The drivers of all three others were uninjured,” Denton Police Department spokesperson Allison Beckwith told reporters. “The fatality was the only injuries. Our officers are investigating factors of the crash as well as the cause.”
When authorities arrived on the scene, an officer attempted to conduct CPR on the victim who was later taken to a nearby hospital. She was pronounced dead upon her arrival at the hospital. The cause of her death was ruled blunt force injuries from the crash, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.
At this time, it is unknown whether or not there were any other passengers in the vehicles involved. While the police investigation was underway, all lanes of the Loop were closed for several hours, with one lane of southbound traffic open by 10:40 p.m.
The cause of the initial collision is still unknown at this time.
According to the Denton Record, this accident represents the 12th car accident fatality in Denton so far this year.
Car Accident Injuries, What You Need To Know
According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 38,000 people die in car accidents in the United States every year. However, these tragic fatal accidents make up just a fraction of all crashes on the road. The vast majority of accidents are not deadly. In fact, in Texas, less than 1% of all car accidents result in a fatality.
Beyond these accident fatalities, another 4.4 million Americans are injured in crashes every year. In total, car accidents cost Americans $380 million each year in direct medical costs.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, your first priority should always be your own health and safety. Call for help and wait for assistance from authorities. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. If your injuries are making it difficult for you to deal with the process of dealing with an accident, be sure to ask for help from your friends, loved ones, and legal representation.