The death of a couple in a car crash in Helotes, Texas, on Sunday, January 3rd, has residents of the area calling for change. The crash occurred on Bandera Road and resulted in the fatalities, as well as the hospitalization of their four children who were also in the vehicle.
Report of the Incident
According to authorities, the crash occurred at around 6:30 p.m. near Diamond K Trail on Bandera Road. The family was visiting from out of state and was traveling in a van at the time of the crash.
The collision happened when the van cut in front of a pickup truck. The parents were killed as a result of the crash. Their four children, between the ages of 2 and 16 were transported to a hospital. The driver of the pickup truck, a female in her mid-twenties, was also hospitalized following the incident.
The crash remains under investigation.
Residents say that unaddressed excessive speeding contributes to the dangerous roadway, and they hope to bring greater attention to the issue. Locals say that it was this roadway environment that led to the wreck on Sunday.
“We need to address the factors that caused this accident,” Steve Mendez, a member of the COPS Metro Alliance community group, told reporters. “We will continue to be addressing this with the city, especially excessive speed.”
Holding Government Entities Responsible for Texas Car Accidents
There are many factors that can play a role in the events leading up to a car accident. Many of those factors can be influenced by the behavior or negligence of other people, including other drivers, pedestrians, road maintenance workers, and the authorities or officials in charge of maintaining the roads.
In particular, improper road maintenance or regulation can lead to the following risks:
- Dangerous curves
- Slippery roads due to poor design
- Unsafe shoulders or drops
- Faulty lights and signage
- Delayed debris removal
- Inadequate guard rails
- Trees or vegetation obstructions
- Insufficient traffic controls
Personal injury cases involving unsafe road conditions can be particularly difficult to prove. First, it’s likely that the driver will still be held at least partially responsible for the crash, limiting potential compensation. There are also rules and regulations in place regarding legal actions against government bodies and officials. These rules make the government immune from many types of lawsuits.
The key to holding a government entity responsible for your crash is to prove a pattern of collisions under similar circumstances. For instance, if you feel your crash happened due to improper intersection signage, you will need to prove that other individuals have crashed due to the same issue. Without proof that the entity responsible for the flaw had knowledge that it posed a risk, it may be difficult to bring a successful suit.
All of this goes to show that if you’ve been involved in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligent behavior, seeking the representation of an experienced Houston car accident attorney may make all the difference.
If you’ve been involved in a Texas car accident caused by the action or negligence of another, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, to learn if you may be eligible for compensation.