Woman, Baby Killed As Vehicle Falls Off Overpass
Drivers need to be careful when on the roadways. One wrong or unexpected move can cause an accident. Another driver may collide with another vehicle, run off the road, or even go off an overpass.
The last one is an especially scary and deadly situation. This recently happened in Houston, killing a mother and her infant. Her 3-year-old child is fighting for his life in a local hospital. The fatal crash occurred on the morning of February 15 on 14101 W. Grand Parkway, near U.S. 290.
Three vehicles were involved in the crash. The accident happened when a vehicle slammed on its brakes and almost stopped while taking the exit ramp off SH-99 onto U.S. 290. The driver of a Toyota Camry behind it could not stop in time and veered to the left. However, there were barrels dividing U.S. 290 and SH-99, so she veered again.
That was when she hit a Toyota 4Runner with a 30-year-old woman and two children inside. The impact caused the 4Runner to hit the wall. It then rolled off the overpass onto the ground below. It landed on its roof and rolled again, landing on its wheels.
The Camry also hit a Volkswagen sedan. Both of those drivers were not injured. They remained at the accident scene to talk to police.
The 30-year-old woman driving the Toyota 4Runner died at the accident scene. The two children — a 3-year-old boy and a 9-month-old boy — were in the back seat of the vehicle. They were taken to a local hospital. The 9-month-old boy later died. The 3-year-old boy is currently in critical condition.
The driver who allegedly slammed on their brakes did not stay at the accident scene. Police are still trying to determine fault. The investigation is ongoing.
Crashes on Overpasses
Driving on overpasses and bridges comes with several risks. One of the biggest issues is that there is not a lot of room to maneuver. This makes it hard to avoid an accident. In fact, chain reaction crashes are more likely to occur.
Side impacts and extensive vehicle damage are common. These overpasses often have barriers on the sides to keep vehicles from falling off. However, if a vehicle is pushed into a barrier, occupants can get pinned inside the vehicle and seriously injured.
One of the scariest risks is getting forced over the edge, which is what happened in this case. The vehicle can hit the road or water below. The vehicle may land on its roof and hit vehicles below. Fatalities are common.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Overpasses are dangerous areas. If a vehicle falls off, occupants can die or at the very least become catastrophically injured.
Car accidents can result in a lot of damages. A Houston car accident attorney from The West Law Office, PLLC can help you get full and fair compensation. Schedule a free consultation today by filling out the online form or calling 281-347-3247.