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Fatal accident at stoplight leaves 2 people dead

Likely, most Texas drivers, at one time or another, have found themselves having to slam on the brakes just in time to prevent a collision with a vehicle in front of them. Some people become distracted by activity in their own vehicle or something happening outside, and some drivers find themselves daydreaming. However, sometimes a speeding driver simply does not have enough time to stop when necessary and causes a fatal accident.

This may have been what happened on a recent Friday evening in an accident in which two people lost their lives and two others were injured. According to police, the collision occurred when a vehicle was rear-ended while it was stopped at a traffic light. Firefighters worked to extract the passengers of the car that was hit, a man and a woman who appear to have been related. They were then transported to a local hospital, but sadly, both died.

Unsafe lane change on Houston bridge results in fatal accident

Probably all Texas drivers can recount many times in which they've had to pass a vehicle in front of them, whether the other vehicle was moving too slowly for the passing driver or for other reasons. Sometimes, such a strategy requires a driver to pull back into the same lane, this time in front of the passed vehicle. Although most drivers make this move in a safe manner, some do not, and an unsafe move can result in a fatal accident.

In one such example, the 24-year-old driver of an 18-wheeler died when his truck fell off a Houston bridge after a car cut him off. The crash happened on a recent Wednesday morning when, according to police, the car driver made an unsafe lane change. The truck driver collided with the rear end of the car, then hit the bridge's concrete barrier causing the truck to fall off the bridge. It landed upside down on a chemical manufacturing plant below the bridge.

Tragic wrong-way car accident claims lives of both drivers

According to authorities, wrong-way collisions in Texas and elsewhere happen most often between midnight and 3 a.m., and although this type of crash comprises only about 3% of traffic accidents, they are typically the most deadly. When two vehicles collide head-on, the drivers and passengers involved do not often survive the tremendous impact. Unfortunately, in a wrong-way car accident on the President George Bush Turnpike, both drivers lost their lives after one of the drivers reportedly traveled 11 miles in the wrong direction.

The accident happened very early on a recent Thursday morning. Reportedly, troopers were already at a traffic stop in the eastbound lanes when they were notified of a wrong-way driver headed to their area. When they saw the vehicle approaching, they tried to stop it, but were unsuccessful. The troopers witnessed the vehicle crashing head-on into another vehicle.

Car accident claims life of man involved in earlier accident

Most Texas drivers, no matter how attentive they are while behind the wheel, can remember a time when they failed to see an obstacle on or at the side of the roadway. In most cases, a driver is able to avert disaster by making necessary adjustments before making contact with the object. Unfortunately, in some cases, particularly if the driver is distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she will not see an obstacle in time, and sometimes, tragedy results. Such was the case in a recent car accident on a Texas roadway.

The crash happened very early on a Wednesday morning. Allegedly, a 26-year-old man in a pickup truck collided with a 30-year-old man as he was getting out of his own pickup truck that was stopped near an exit ramp. The second pickup had been involved in an earlier accident when the driver had struck safety barriers as he exited onto the ramp, causing his vehicle to flip over.

Fatal accident results when driver hits disabled car

Many Texas drivers have experienced car trouble at one time or another during a road trip. While people in these situations usually find a safe spot to stop and seek help, sometimes these situations happen on a busy stretch of roadway. Drivers in such a predicament have to pull their vehicle off the road and risk putting themselves in a potentially dangerous position. Unfortunately, a recent example ended with a fatal accident when three people lost their lives after they parked their disabled vehicle under a bridge on a highway.

The accident happened late on a Thursday evening on an Arlington highway. A vehicle drifted over to the shoulder and hit one of two parked cars. The car that was hit then hit the other car parked under the bridge. All three vehicles caught fire. According to police, one of the cars was disabled, which is why it was pulled over to the shoulder under the bridge, and they have speculated that the other car was there because someone stopped to help the occupants of the disabled car.

Tragic Texas car accident results in death of mother and son

Any Texas resident who has operated a motor vehicle, or even those who have not, understands the need to behave responsibly both prior to and during the drive. They understand that not doing so can lead to serious consequences, and perhaps even a fatality. Although a car accident can happen for many different reasons, sometimes drivers forget the seriousness of their responsibility, and tragedy results simply due to reckless driver behaviour. This seems to be what happened when an SUV and a pickup truck collided, killing a mother and her child.

The crash occurred late on a recent Wednesday evening. The SUV was making a left-hand turn when it was struck by a pickup truck entering the intersection. According to police, the pickup truck was speeding at the time. The impact sent the SUV crashing into a steel light pole.

19-year-old Texas man dies in motorcycle accident

Motorcycle riders are often part of a larger, tight-knit community of like-minded people who may ride together, exchange motorcycle knowledge and generally share their passion for biking. Unfortunately, because of their smaller size relative to other motorized vehicles and the fact the driver is not surrounded by metal, motorcycles perhaps tend to be involved in more collisions than other types of vehicles. Recently, a Texas man was killed in a motorcycle accident, and now his family and friends are wondering if a change in road signs at the intersection at which the crash occurred may have made a difference.

The 19-year-old man was traveling northbound on a road near downtown Fort Worth when, according to a witness, a southbound car made a left turn right in front of him. The other rider that was traveling with him saw the car in time to avoid a collision, but apparently, the 19-year-old did not see it in time. He collided head-on with the vehicle and was thrown off the bike. He died from blunt force trauma before help arrived.

9-year-old girl victim in fatal accident involving drag racing

Likely, most Texas drivers follow rules that help keep them and others around them safe. They wear their seat belts, obey the traffic rules, avoid driving while impaired and maintain a safe speed. However, for some reason unknown to most people, some drivers enjoy drag racing. This practice can and often does put not only the drivers involved, but also nearby pedestrians and other drivers in a dangerous position. In fact, recently, a 9-year-old girl was killed and two other people were seriously injured in a fatal accident involving drag racing.

The crash happened in Dallas on a Friday evening. According to police, three vehicles were racing when one of them collided with the car in which the children were passengers. The vehicle that was hit carried four people, including two children in the back seat.

Texas woman charged with manslaughter re fatal accident

Many Texas residents enjoy getting out on a bicycle from time to time, and some even use this type of vehicle as their main mode of transportation. Most cyclists likely find this activity provides them a relatively inexpensive, healthy alternative to driving a car. However, bicycles on roadways can be vulnerable to larger, motorized vehicles, and if both cyclist and driver are not fully focused, a fatal accident could result. Following a fatal crash that took place almost one year ago, a woman was recently indicted by a grand jury and now faces a manslaughter charge.

The incident happened very early one morning last summer when the 24-year-old woman driving a car struck and killed a man riding a bicycle. Reportedly, when police arrived at the scene, the woman explained she had been returning home from a bar where she said she had one drink. She claimed the cyclist appeared out of nowhere. Investigators believe the driver struck the 18-year-old cyclist from behind. The woman was given a sobriety test, leading police to believe she was driving while intoxicated, and she was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.

Texas hit-and-run accidents:Man suffers serious head injury

Many Texas residents would find it difficult to believe an individual could cause an accident that hurt another individual and simply walk away from it. For most people, likely their sense of compassion would trigger them to seek medical aid for the injured person. However, sadly, hit-and-run accidents happen because some people in this type of situation will instead automatically act out of a sense of self-preservation and flee the scene, leaving an injured person to suffer. This seems to be what happened recently in a hit-and-run incident in Garland.

Police have arrested a 35-year-old man who they believe hit a 29-year-old man with his minivan. Police have said according to surveillance video, the victim was standing outside a vehicle, apparently trying to tie down the vehicle to a trailer, when the accused man's vehicle hit him. The video shows the accused man getting out of his vehicle to look at the victim and then returning to his vehicle and fleeing the scene.

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