A rural truck accident resulted in the death of the driver and the injury of a passenger. The driver was ejected in the crash. The extent of the passenger’s injuries is unknown at the time.
Details of the Crash
A 32-year-old resident of Alice, Texas, died on the morning of Thursday, April 8th, when he was ejected from his vehicle following a crash. The accident occurred on State Route 239 in Conyngham County.
The victim was driving a Dodge Ram on Route 239 near Pond Hill Road when the accident happened. According to police, he lost control of his vehicle while rounding a left-hand curve at a high rate of speed.
The truck swerved out of control, striking a tree with the rear passenger tire before traveling up an embankment and rolling onto the driver’s side. As the vehicle spun on its roof, the 32-year-old was ejected.
The driver died and his 26-year-old passenger was hurt. The severity of the injuries suffered by the passenger is unknown at this time.
How Rural Accidents Impact Texas Roadway Safety
Unfortunately, rural car and truck accidents have been on the rise in Texas. Between 2010 and 2019, rural accidents increased by a whopping 30%. Thankfully, the number of rural accidents that caused at least one fatality only increased by about 10%, meaning that, while far more rural accidents were happening, they were also becoming less deadly.
Still, rural accidents tend to be far more deadly compared to urban crashes. Roughly 1% of rural accidents resulted in at least one fatality in 2019. In contrast, less than half of one percent (0.004%) of urban accidents resulted in at least one death.
Over time, however, the portion of Texas vehicle accidents happening in urban areas has increased. This increase in urban accidents is partially due to an increase in truck accidents in these areas, as well as a general boom in Texas cities over the last ten years. With this in mind, it makes sense that while overall Texas accidents have increased in recent years, car accident fatalities have decreased.
By far, the most common cause of rural car and truck accidents is a failure to control speed. In fact, these types of accidents make up just over a quarter of all rural accidents. Meanwhile, the next most common cause, driver inattention, causes just 14% of rural crashes. This shows that the key to staying safe on rural roads is respecting the risk that comes with speeding, even in low-traffic areas.
While these accidents have resulted in fewer deaths, they are still far more likely to result in death than other types. Because of that danger, it’s important that Texans familiarize themselves with the best driving practices on rural roadways.
If you’ve been injured in a Texas truck accident, contact the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze and Johns, PLLC, to learn about your legal options.
Source: Citizens Voice