Man Killed in Deadly Rollover Accident in Houston
Written by Greg on August 23, 2018
A man died after his pickup truck rolled over after he lost control of his vehicle. The accident happened on Gulf Freeway shortly after 1 a.m. According to reports, the incident began with an argument between the pickup truck driver and a woman. The couple, who were dating, left a restaurant in separate vehicles. The woman, who was driving a red passenger vehicle, clipped the door of the man’s pickup truck. Both drivers stopped along the side of the road and were arguing.
Both got back into their vehicles and continued along the road. The man driving the white pickup truck sideswiped the woman’s vehicle. This caused him to lose control of his truck and it rolled over. The man, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the truck and died at the scene of the crash. The woman did not suffer any injuries.
Deadly Incident Involving Rage
In this incident, the parties were angry when they got into their vehicles and entered the roadway. Road rage can occur for many different reasons. In this case, the couple was arguing and took their argument with them behind the wheel. Many people do not understand the consequences of a road rage incident. As in this case, the woman tapped the man’s door, causing him to retaliate with his own vehicle.
Unfortunately, the situation became deadly when he lost control. Further adding to the tragedy, the man was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. If he had been wearing his seatbelt, he might not have been ejected from the vehicle and his injuries would likely have been less severe. He may have walked away from the crash.
Seatbelt Safety Laws
Seatbelts are designed to save lives. Those who wear their seatbelts are less likely to suffer severe injuries or fatalities if involved in a crash. The Texas Department of Public Safety provides occupant restraint laws for drivers and their passengers. All adults and children over the age of 8 must wear seat belts while driving in a moving vehicle. Children younger than 8 must be protected using an appropriate child safety seat.
Seat belt use saved an estimated 14,668 lives in 2016 alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Overall, the seat belt usage rate is at about 90.1%, but that still leaves more than 27 million Americans unprotected. It is important that you and your family buckle up each and every time you get on the road. Seat belt safety laws can only go so far to protect you and your loved ones. It is up to you to follow the law and keep your family safe through the use of vehicle restraints.
If you were injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent driver.
Contact our experienced legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm today to discuss the details of your accident in a free case consultation- Call (281) 587-1111.
Texas Department of Public Safety https://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/public_information/seatbelt.htm