An individual in El Paso, Texas, was killed on Saturday, May 15th, when they were hit by a passing car. The deceased had hopped out of their vehicle onto the roadway following a prior, non-life-threatening accident.
The Initial and Subsequent Accidents
The initial crash took place at around 2 a.m. on Interstate 10 near Anthony Exit 0. Authorities report that the driver of an SUV traveling westbound on the interstate lost control of their vehicle before crashing into a concrete barrier.
Both the driver and passenger of the SUV left their vehicle following the crash in order to wait for first responders. At this point, the pair was struck when debris from their vehicle caused another car to crash. The two SUV occupants were both hit by the second vehicle.
It appears that no one traveling in the second vehicle suffered any injuries. However, one of the two SUV occupants was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
All westbound lanes of I-10 were closed by 6:30 a.m. due to the accident investigation and cleanup effort. Traffic was detoured to North Desert Boulevard/Vinton, Exit 2, while work at the crash scene was underway.
The preliminary investigation of this accident was conducted by EPCSO Special Traffic Investigations. Investigations into this incident may still be underway.
Why Staying in Your Vehicle Is Your Best Option
At Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, we spend a fair amount of time creating guides for our clients to help them stay safe while driving. With that, one thing is very clear: in case of emergency, your best bet is almost always staying in your vehicle rather than getting out. From hurricanes to downed power lines, if you’re in a dangerous situation, your car will likely offer the best form of physical protection.
Unfortunately, many people still evacuate their vehicles after dangerous events. When they make this choice, while they might think they’ll be safer free of their vehicle, they invite the possibility that their unprotected body will be hit by another car.
As you would expect, when it comes to a car vs. a human, the car is going to win, and this also means that pedestrian-involved car accidents are far more deadly. In 2019, just half of one percent of all car accidents resulted in a fatality in Texas. In comparison, more than 11% of accidents involving a pedestrian resulted in at least one fatality.
There are exceptions to this rule. First, if you are on an empty roadway, and you are sure you can reach a safe place out of the line of traffic, you may wish to do so cautiously. Second, if your vehicle is on fire, it may be more hazardous to stay inside than to hit the road.
While many people may leave their vehicles after an accident without negative consequences, many others aren’t so lucky. Prioritize your safety after a car accident by staying inside your car until emergency responders arrive.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Texas, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns for help protecting your rights to compensation.