1 Killed In Rollover Crash
When a driver has to make a sharp movement while on the roadway, it can cause the vehicle to skid out of control. The vehicle may cross several lanes and go off the road. It could also hit any hazards in the road, such as barricades. Sometimes these accidents cause fatalities.
A rollover crash in Houston killed the driver and also led to the recovery of stolen items. The fatal accident occurred on the morning of April 26 on Interstate 45, the Gulf Freeway, near Scarsdale Boulevard. The crash caused traffic on the freeway to slow down for five hours.
The incident occurred when a sedan, with a driver and passenger, was traveling in the third lane. The vehicle suddenly made an invasive action and hit a barricade. It then rolled over multiple times. The vehicle was found upside down on the freeway. It is unknown how the crash occurred, but witnesses thought that maybe another driver had cut off the vehicle.
The passenger and bystanders worked to pull the driver out of the vehicle. The driver died at the accident scene. It is unknown if the driver was wearing a seatbelt. It is also unclear if speed or alcohol played a role.
Investigators found a bag of stolen items in the vehicle. There were also cologne and numerous credit cards. Investigators also confiscated two handguns from the sedan.
It is unknown what caused the vehicle to suddenly swerve into a barricade on the freeway, but sometimes reckless driving plays a role. Reckless driving is defined as willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others. It may include the following:
- Driving much faster than the posted speed limit (there is no specific mileage overage in Texas, although in some states, it is considered between 15 and 35 miles per hour above the speed limit)
- Street racing (this could be elevated to a felony is you have two prior racing convictions)
- Driving too fast for road or weather conditions
- Driving while intoxicated
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Evading the police (this goes from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A one if other elements of reckless driving, such as intoxication, are involved)
Reckless driving is much more serious than simple negligence, As such, it is considered a crime in Texas. It is classified as a misdemeanor, though, and is rarely a felony unless someone is seriously injured or killed. The penalties for reckless driving may include a $200 fine and up to 30 days in county jail.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
The actions of other drivers can sometimes lead to reckless driving. In these cases, crashes can occur and innocent victims may be injured or killed.
Car accidents can result in significant damages. A Houston auto accident attorney from The West Law Office, PLLC can assist you with your case and help you understand your legal rights. Fill out the online form or call 281-347-3247 to schedule a free consultation.