On the afternoon of July 7th, a severe two-vehicle car crash on I-45 required urgent help from 2 life flight helicopters and 5 ambulances for 2 children–who eventually passed away–and 3 adults near Spring, Texas. 

Details About the Accident 

According to an official from the Harris County Sherriff’s Office, the accident occurred at approximately 3:00 p.m on the 23500 block of Interstate 45N near the Hardy Toll Road. A 17-year-old driver of a red Ford Mustang traveling northbound within the high-occupancy vehicle lane struck the rear of a black Nissan as it was stopping within the moving lane. 

The black Nissan–which was carrying an 11-year-old, a 13-year-old, and 3 other passengers–was attempting to stop in the moving lane because of a blown-out tire. The accident caused the northbound lanes of I-45 near Hardy toll road to completely shut down in an attempt to save those involved in the accident and further the investigation.

Two life flight helicopters came to the scene and transported both children to the nearest hospital. The 13-year-old reportedly died upon arrival, and the 11-year-old received intensive care to save his life but was pronounced dead the following morning.

All other passengers from both parties were transported to the nearest hospital via multiple ambulances.

The Disastrous End Results of Flat Tire Car Accidents

Driving around with tires that are bound to go flat at some point is extremely dangerous to you and others sharing the road with you. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1 in 4 vehicles have a tire that is significantly underinflated, and only around 19% of consumers maintain their tires with appropriate inflation levels.

In that same report, it was stated that approximately 738 fatalities tire-related car accidents occurred on U.S roadways in 2017.

5 Notable Red Flags for Tires

It is vital to check the condition of your tires frequently, especially if they are over six years old, but if you begin experiencing any of the following, take your vehicle to the nearest tire shop for a proper evaluation:

  1. The vehicle is unbalanced and is pulling towards one particular side.
  2. Obviously-visible damages such as large dents, cuts within the tires, or small punctures from objects within the tires.
  3. Rough or unnatural breaking.
  4. Low tire pressure (most newer car models can let you know the tire’s air pressure on the vehicle’s dashboard, but if you have any doubts, take it to a local tire shop).
  5. Worn out tire treading.

What To Do If Your Tire Blows Out While Driving

If you experience your tires failing or going flat while driving, it can be a very scary position to be in. If this occurs, it is best to remain calm and take the following actions:

  1. Hold on to your steering wheel with both hands.
  2. Take your foot off of the pedal and allow the car to slow down gradually.
  3. Don’t slam down on the breaks.
  4. Pullover to the side of the road when safe to do so. If you’re on a highway, allow yourself space to carefully roll to the next exit and take it.
  5. Activate your emergency flashing lights.

Lapeze & Johns: Your Dependable Houston Car Accident Attorneys

Nobody deserves to die in such a tragic manner as a result of a negligent driver’s irresponsibilities, especially if they passed so young.

In the event of such a tragedy, experienced car accident lawyers like Lapeze & Johns are here to seek civil justice for victims of car accidents caused by negligence in order to help them properly recover. Our attorneys will fight tooth and nail to seek the necessary financial relief our clients need to relieve any financial burdens caused by the accident.


If you have suffered from a car accident caused by a negligent driver, contact Lapeze & Johns for a FREE, no-obligation case evaluation now.

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Sources:  Houston Chronicle, Spring Happenings

About Keith Lapeze

Keith Lapeze co-founded Lapeze & Johns with the focus of delivering dependable legal services to individuals hurt in accidents caused by negligence. After graduating third in his class from Louisiana State University Law Center, Mr. Lapeze continued his calling through commercial, environmental, and tort litigation where he is admitted to practice in both Texas and Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Read more about Keith Lapeze here.

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