Authorities have confirmed that two children were among the dead in an accident that took place in Denton on Sunday, May 23rd. The multi-vehicle collision left three dead and two others in critical condition.
The Sunday Morning Collision
The lives lost included a 5-month-old baby and a 4-year-old girl, as well as a 31-year-old woman. The two individuals in critical condition are adults, as is another who was injured in the crash.
According to police, the crash occurred at around 11:45 a.m. on Highway 380 near Rockhill Road. At least two vehicles were seriously damaged in the collision, but two others may have also been involved and unharmed, according to reporting on the event.
One of the vehicles was a Ford Mustang in which the two children were riding with two adults, who were also injured. The deceased woman and other injured adult were riding in a Mercedes Benz. The two vehicles reportedly collided head-on in the westbound lanes of the highway.
It is unclear how the other two vehicles were involved, but no passengers were injured.
As a result of the incident, the highway remained closed through Sunday afternoon for processing. The cause of the event remains under police investigation.
Cutting Back on Roadway Fatalities in Texas
Roadway safety is a complicated issue, and efforts to improve it need to come from many different angles and sources. One of these is education: by learning more about the types of accidents that are most common or the types of situations that are the most dangerous, we can hopefully keep ourselves a little safer.
While we can’t always avoid car accidents, we can do our best not to contribute to circumstances that can cause them.
When it comes to cutting back on deadly car accidents, the first place to start might not be where you expect. Head-on collisions can be incredibly dangerous, but they aren’t incredibly common. To determine the event most likely to cause a deadly accident, we need to examine data on crashes within the state, rather than individual cases.
While vehicle-to-vehicle crashes make up a large portion of accidents, they are still much less likely to result in a fatality in comparison to other types of accidents.
However, according to data gathered by the Texas Department of Transportation, rollover accidents, accidents involving vehicles colliding with stationary objects, and accidents involving pedestrians all make up a far larger portion of fatalities than they do of total accidents.
Avoiding pedestrian accidents often comes down to simply being alert and attentive to your surroundings. Even if you’re doing everything right, a pedestrian can still cause an accident themselves. Rollovers and object collisions, on the other hand, are most often caused by driver behavior. This means things like speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence.
To help yourself and others avoid these deadly accidents, practice safe driving habits at all times, and respect the responsibilities that come with driving a vehicle.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a Texas car accident, contact the car and truck accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns today to learn about your options.