Two people are dead following a crash on Interstate 30 in Dallas, TX. The crash occurred on Monday, March 21, at around 2:20 a.m.
The Interstate 30 Crash
According to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, on March 21, witnesses saw a Chevrolet Trax stopped in the left-center lane of eastbound I-30 with its hazard lights on. There was a man and a woman standing outside of the car, but it is unclear where they were standing in relation to ongoing traffic.
Witnesses stated that the driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe hit the Trax from behind and sent the vehicle towards the right median. The Tahoe continued traveling eastbound before crashing into an HOV zipper wall and coming to a stop.
The driver of the Chevrolet Tahoe was taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition. The man and woman standing outside of the Trax were hit and thrown into the left-center lane of traffic. They were pronounced dead at the scene. There was an additional female passenger inside the Trax at the time of the crash and taken to a nearby hospital in critical but stable condition.
When Should You Use Your Hazard Lights?
The purpose of hazard lights is to warn other drivers that you may cause a vehicle hazard due to you slowing down or stopping.
Unfortunately, many drivers are confused about the purpose of hazard lights and are unsure of when to put them into action. While each state has its own laws on how you can use your hazard lights, you are allowed to use them while driving in Texas.
To get a clearer picture, you may need to use your hazard lights in the following situations:
- You’ve gotten into a car accident — Once you’ve gotten into an accident, turn your hazards on to alert other drivers and avoid another collision.
- Your car has broken down — If your car has broken down or is having issues, pull over as much as you can and turn your hazards on to notify other drivers that you’re stopped.
- You need to change a tire — Changing a tire on a busy road or highway can be dangerous if other drivers are unaware of your presence. Turning your hazards on can tell other drivers that you’re currently stopped.
- You’re getting pulled over by the police — If you see police lights in your rearview mirror, pull over as safely as you can and turn your hazards on to acknowledge the police.
Although you can use your hazard lights for general use in Texas, it’s important to think twice before turning them on. Only use them in necessary situations and once they’re on, pull over as soon and safely as you can. If you see another driver with their hazards on, slow down and get into a different lane to avoid a collision with that vehicle.
Reach out to your Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns today to get started on your legal claim.