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Highway Fatalities Spike in West Texas

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Now that summer 2016 is in full swing, many people throughout the state of Texas are gearing up to hit the roads and visit friends and family for some fun in the sun. While the summertime can be an excellent time to get some much-needed rest and relaxation, the increase in traffic on the state’s highways during this season can have deadly consequences. West Texans have already seen the effects of this phenomenon, as numerous fatal highway collisions have occurred throughout June and early July 2016 – many of which have involved commercial trucks.

On Saturday, June 11th, an evening single-vehicle collision on I-20 in Midland claimed the life of a 33-year-old man when he lost control of his truck for unknown reasons, causing his vehicle to slam into the median and begin to roll. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. While details are still foggy regarding the exact cause of the collision, rollover accidents such as this are commonly the result of factors such as:

  • Speeding in poor weather
  • Tire blowouts & vehicle defects
  • Turning too sharply

Less than a week later, a three-vehicle crash occurred on Highway 349 just north of Midland when an 18-wheeler slammed into the back of a parked vehicle on the eastern shoulder, resulting in the death of a 45-year-old pedestrian. On Thursday, June 30th, yet another fatal collision took place at the intersection of State Highway 214 and State Highway 83 when a driver of a pickup truck failed to yield the right of way to an 18-wheeler. Finally, on Wednesday, July 6th, the driver of a passenger car was killed in a collision with a semi-truck on SH-152, causing the highway to be shut down for several hours.

Staying Safe on the Roads This Summer

If you are planning on traveling this summer, it is important you take certain precautions to stay safe and minimize your chances of a collision. Before you head out on the roads, consider the following:

  1. Check your tires: Inspect your tires and have them replaced if they are worn. To check your tire treads, insert a penny between the grooves of your tires with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it is time to replace your tires. Likewise, make sure your tire pressure is in the recommended PSI range. Hot temperatures can cause the air in your tires to expand and increase your risk of a blowout, while low pressure can hinder your vehicle’s handling.
  2. Check for recalls: The past few years have been tumultuous for the automotive industry, resulting in record-numbers of recalls for defective airbags, tires, brakes, and gear shifters, among others. Check to see if your vehicle has been the subject of a safety recall and pursue any available remedies from your manufacturer.
  3. Put away the phone: The temptation to text while driving is at an all-time high and is one of the most common causes of collisions. Keep your phone in your pocket and out of reach while driving. No message is too important that it is worth risking your life over.
  4. Watch out for drunk drivers: Summertime recreation almost always correlates to an increase in the number of drunk drivers. If you see a motorist that is swerving, driving aggressively, or frequently fluctuating in speed, keep your distance and call the police. You could be saving someone else’s life!

Compassionate & Steadfast Personal Injury Advocacy

If you or a loved one have been injured in a vehicle accident through no fault of your own, our Midland car accident lawyers at Dean Law Firm can fight for your rights. Having represented the rights of car and truck accident victims for more than 20 years, our AV® Preeminent™ rated team of personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and skills to protect your interests and maximize your potential financial recovery.

Call (432) 214-8125 or schedule a free case review today to review your legal options.