5 Vehicles Involved In Crash After Police Chase
Police chases can lead to some crazy crashes. Some of them involve multiple vehicles. A recent police chase did just that, causing the suspect vehicle to fly through the air and hit multiple vehicles. Two people were injured in the accident.
The crash happened on the evening of February 24 at Emancipation and Wheeler avenues in the Third Ward area of Houston. The situation started when a police officer saw a pickup truck speeding on Emancipation Avenue. The officer turned on his lights and it turned into a police chase.
The suspect driver turned around and went through side streets. The vehicle ended up on Wheeler Avenue. The driver then ran through the intersection at Emancipation and Wheeler avenues. The vehicle collided with a convertible, causing the pickup truck to become airborne. It landed on four parked vehicles. Fortunately, nobody was inside those vehicles at the time of the crash.
The man driving the suspect vehicle was injured but is expected to survive. He is currently in police custody. The woman driving the convertible was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect has a long criminal history. He has city warrants but it does not look like the truck was stolen.
What Causes a Vehicle to Go Airborne?
Making a car fly through the air can seem like a rare feat. After all, passenger vehicles can weigh around 4,000 pounds. That’s two tons. Surely it can’t be an easy task to cause a vehicle of that size to fly through the air.
Vehicle can become airborne if there is a large amount of air resistance that builds up underneath the car or truck. Thai air resistance will cause the vehicle to lift, working in the same way as an airplane wing. In fact, airplanes weigh much more than passenger vehicles. With the average commercial plane weighing 90,000 pounds, they even weigh more than a semi truck.
However, going airborne is a rare event. Almost all cars don’t go fast enough for this to happen. When you see race cars speeding this fast, they don’t fly through the air because they have sufficient aerodynamics and downforce to stop the car from lifting.
However, if a vehicle hits something at high speeds, such as a bump or, in this case, another vehicle, the front of the vehicle can start to lift. The impact causes air to go underneath the car, causing the front end to lift and behave like an airplane wing.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Police chases often lead to serious accidents. It could have been a lot worse. Fortunately, nobody was killed.
A Houston car accident attorney from The West Law Office, PLLC can help you get compensation if you were injured by someone else’s negligence. Let us assess your case and determine liability. To schedule a free consultation, call 281-347-3247 and fill out the online form.