- Four-Vehicle Crash In Kaufman County Kills 18-Year-Old
- August 2, 2012 | Author: Jeffrey H. Rasansky
- Law Firm: Rasansky Law Firm - Dallas Office
A four-vehicle crash in Kaufman County took the life of one 18-year-old male and injured 10 other people. The crash took place over the weekend of July 1 in the early evening hours. According to a report on WFAA.com, the accident took place on state Highway 243.
The accident involved one of the most common ways that people end up getting in very bad wrecks. An SUV was attempting to pass a pickup and another pickup ended up hitting the SUV head on. The driver of the pickup that the SUV driver was attempting to pass stopped to help but, when he stopped, his vehicle was rear-ended. The force of the collision was hard enough to knock the pickup truck upside down.
The driver of the vehicle in which the 18-year-old who was killed was a passenger left the scene and will be charged with failure to stop and render aid because of that, according to the report.
Two-Lane Highways and Accidents
Two-lane highways present a much more dangerous driving situation than do freeways. Because traffic is moving in both directions, there is the potential for a head-on collision. What makes head-on collision so deadly is the fact that the force is equal to the combined speed of both vehicles. This means that these collisions can involve devastating amounts of energy and can easily be lethal.
When vehicles on two-lane highways need to pass, they have to move into the oncoming lane. At night, this can become very dangerous as it becomes difficult to gauge how far away headlights are and, in some cases, cars with one headlight may appear to be much farther away than they actually are. In addition to the head-on collision risk, the driver alongside the vehicle making the past is at risk, as well, as demonstrated in this case.
Accidents can happen on two-lane highways when people pass that there are certain expectations upon drivers as far as being safe is concerned. If you believe that a driver who caused you injury in such an instance was acting negligently, you should speak with an attorney. The attorney may very well agree with you and want to file a lawsuit against the individual.
Lawsuits sometimes result in sizable settlement or jury awards, depending on the circumstances. There's no way to guarantee that you'll win your lawsuit but, if you were injured by a negligent driver, talking to an attorney is the first step in finding out.