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.
The driver of the wrong-way vehicle, a 22-year-old woman, died at the scene. The driver of the vehicle that was hit, a 53-year-old man, died later in a hospital. Police believe the wrong-way driver made a U-turn at a particular junction on the turnpike and then began driving the wrong way. However, the investigation is ongoing. A spokesperson with the Dallas County Sheriff's Department has said that most wrong-way crashes are caused by driver error, which is sometimes a result of the driver being intoxicated or on drugs.
The families of both of these deceased drivers, in addition to grieving the loss of their loved one, are likely wondering how a car accident such as this can happen. When the investigation concludes, it seems likely that the results will indicate that the actions of the wrong-way driver led to the tragic conclusion. In this case, the family of the deceased man may consider pursuing a wrongful death civil lawsuit against the other driver's estate. Experienced personal injury attorneys are available to provide legal guidance for any Texas resident experiencing a similar situation.