One man was killed when a Jeep plowed into his vehicle while driving on East Freeway. The accident happened in the eastbound lanes of I-10 East near the 610 Loop shortly before 8:15 a.m. The accident was reportedly quite violent and photos of the scene show that the entire back half of the vehicle was destroyed. The person who died in the crash was reportedly a 19-year-old.
According to a report by the Houston Police Department, the teen driver was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries. The police had the lanes shut down while they conducted an investigation.
Speed Often a Factor in Rear-End Collisions
While the police have not released the cause of this accident, speed is often a factor in rear-end accidents. Other factors include driver inattention and following too closely. All of these factors could have played a role in this fatal crash. The Jeep was likely traveling at a high rate of speed in order to do as much damage as it did in this crash.
In addition, there appeared to be no skid marks, indicating that the driver most probably did not apply the brakes to avoid a crash. It is unclear whether the first vehicle was stopped at the time of the accident.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) nearly one third of all accidents are rear-end collisions. Rear-end collisions account for as many as 1,700 deaths each year and more than a half-million injuries.
Negligence in Rear-End Collisions
In general, rear-end collisions are most often the fault of the driver in the rear. However, there could be exceptions to this rule. After an accident, the cause and negligent driver need to be determined. The police conduct an initial evaluation of the scene, review the vehicles and take driver and witness statements.
In some cases, accident reconstruction may be necessary to piece together exactly what occurred immediately before, during, and after the accident. If you were involved in a rear-end collision, your attorney will help gather information and may employ the use of an accident reconstruction specialist if needed.
The negligent party is typically responsible for all of the damages caused by the accident. This could include medical costs, rehabilitative therapy, ongoing care and money for pain and suffering and lost wages. In this instance, the negligent driver may be responsible for paying funeral expenses as well as compensation for the loss of life.
If you were hurt in a serious rear-end collision, do not delay. Seek guidance from an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will evaluate the case and determine the best way to proceed. In addition, your lawyer will negotiate with the insurance company to ensure that a settlement is adequate.
If a settlement is not enough to cover your injuries or damages, your case may need to go to court. Our highly skilled legal team is here to answer your questions and assist you throughout the legal process. Contact Baumgartner Law Firm today for a free case consultation.