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Wrong-Way Driver Killed After Making a U-Turn, Slams Into Divider and Burst Into Flames

Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 5:00 pm    

car accident in 91 Freeway

Photo via Southern California News Service

A driver was killed on Sunday when the car made a U-turn on the on the 91 Freeway in California.

According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) dispatcher, the car struck a concrete divider head-on and burst into flames.

The CHP received a call at approximately 4:43 AM about a car heading westbound in the eastbound lane of the 91. CHP dispatcher Samantha Brown said that the driver made a U-turn near the Lakeview Avenue exit in Anaheim Hills.

Tragedy at Dawn

The driver was apparently speeding and heading up through the Anaheim freeway where they crashed into a central divider nearby Euclid Street exit.

All lanes were closed for about an hour and the westbound side was later opened after firefighters put out the flames. At 9:25 AM, the freeway was entirely open.

Wrong-way driver killed when car makes U-turn on 91 Freeway

Photo via Southern California News Service

Details of the Person Involved are Still Unknown

The driver’s identity is still under investigation and it’s still not clear if there was alcohol or drugs involved in the incident.

Wrong-Way Crash on the 91 Freeway in Anaheim Prior to the Incident

This is the second wrong-way accident on the 91 Freeway on the same day.

The CHP received a call at 3:01 AM about a car going the wrong way (eastbound to westbound lane) neary Gypsum Canyon Road and 211 toll road. The result was a multi-vehicle crash that left four people hospitalized. Two victims suffered major injuries.

A man who was suspected to be driving under the influence was arrested after hitting another vehicle that was stopped in traffic during the aftermath of the collision.

All lanes were open again at 4:47 AM.

Curbing Wrong-Way Driving

The Highway Federal Administration has provided a list of agencies and their respective programs and methodologies in keeping wrong way driving at bay from Guidelines for Reducing Wrong-Way Crashes on Freeways to Wrong-Way Driving Special Investigation Report compiled by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Get the Help that You Need with our Vehicle Accident Attorneys in California

Incidents like wrong-way driving are often caused by a person’s negligence. Losing a loved one in this type of accident is devastating. Let our car accident lawyers at Williams Kherkher help fight for you and bring justice to your side.

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Highway 87 Closed Following a Fatal Crash in Galveston County near Bolivar

Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2019 at 1:05 pm    

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Highway 87 has been opened as of 9:30 PM, hours after being shut down near Galveston County’s Highway 124 following a fatal accident.

Victim Hit Another Vehicle

The accident happened on Monday afternoon, killing one person. The Department of Public Safety investigated the scene near Bolivar Peninsula.

The victim was traveling westbound on Highway 87 when it hit a construction vehicle. Local officials initially said that the highway could be closed for seven hours due to the crash.

Kimberly Hensley, a resident of Crystal Beach, said the highway isn’t safe to drive on because of the ongoing TxDOT construction project  raising Highway 87.

Tragedy in the Family – Another Texas Highway Incident

A separate incident in Texas left a father and son dead on a highway crash in State Highway 121 near Anna. Chris Perkins and his son Kylan Krick were traveling north at around 7:30 PM Monday on State Highway 121 when Perkins tried to overtake another car near County Road 528 in Collin County.

This is the same intersection where five people were killed in another incident in 2017.

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Texas Road Fatalities Dropped, but Still Top of the List

Since 2017, road deaths in Texas have dropped, but the state has still maintained its spot at the top of the list. Statistic reports released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that over 3,000 individuals died on the streets of Texas and highways last year. It’s a two percent drop from 2016 trailing California–the only other state with over 3,000 roadway deaths in a year.

Due to a 6% drop in California fatal crashes, the Lone Star state took the top spot for road deaths.

There were 673 fewer fatalities in 2017 than 2016 in the following categories:

◆ Passenger car occupants (1.1% decrease)
◆ Van occupants (5.8% decrease)
◆ Pickup truck occupants (4.5% decrease)
◆ Motorcyclists (3.1% decrease)
◆ Pedestrians (1.7% decrease)
◆ Pedal Cyclists (8.1% decrease)
◆ Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities (1.1% decrease)
◆ Speeding-related fatalities (5.6% decrease)

Get Help from a Trusted Car Accident Lawyer in Texas

Losing a loved one in a fatal car accident is heartbreaking and tragic.  Let the automobile accident attorneys at Williams Kherkher provide you with resources and legal guidance to help you get justice for your loved one who lost their life in a vehicle accident. Visit our office today or contact us for a free consultation.  Call (713) 230-2200.


Grand Parkway Safety Barrier Under Investigation After Fatal Crash

Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2019 at 9:29 am    

Houston State Highway 99 Grand Parkway

Photo credits to TxDOT

The median fence designed to prevent collisions was proven to be ineffective in preventing an accident on December 12 that killed two people on Grand Parkway in Northwest Harris County.

A report from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) shows that at least two highway safety features were unable to keep the truck from entering on the other lanes.

The Texas Peace Officer’s Uniform Crash report stated, “Unit 1 then veered south across the westbound lanes where it entered the grassy median and struck three barricades before entering the eastbound lanes of SH-99.”

The truck in question lurched off a concrete wall and the cable fencing that was supposed to prevent traffic from veering on opposite lanes wasn’t able to contain the vehicle.

Head-On Collisions

After the Ford F-15 crossed the median, it hit a guardrail lining on the opposite side of the lanes that broke apart upon impact and this served as a launch pad for the 4,500-pound truck.

“As Unit 1 struck the metal guard rail on the north side of the eastbound lanes, Unit 1 climbed the guardrail, and struck Unit 3 on the top,” according to the accident report.

The Unit 3 vehicle was a Lexus SUV driven by 66-year-old Linda Fuggiti who was killed in the accident. The Unit 2 driver was the sole survivor of the crash.

Another victim has been identified as 78-year-old Michael Brown who was also killed where he was struck by the truck and another vehicle.

The section of the Grand Parkway where the accident happened is managed by TxDOT. The safety features and lanes are newly constructed and not retrofitted parts of 99 such as certain areas of the Fort Bend County toll road.

TxDOT spokesperson Danny Perez said that a review of every fatal accident on any road managed by the state agency is dictated by standard operating procedures. Perez and the agency also want to see if there are other crashes in that area and if there’s anything they can do to improve the region’s safety.

Since January 1, 2016, TxDOT records indicate 24 deaths on Grand Parkway main lanes and frontage roads. Their reports also reveal a total of 16 fatal accidents since 2010.

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Median Barriers for Highway Safety

Median barriers are designed to separate traffic and prevent vehicles from going into opposite lanes of the highway. Typically constructed in urban multi-roads, they can also be utilized to prevent pedestrians in crossing the road at unsafe places.

There are many factors to consider when it comes to choosing the type of median barrier:

  • Traffic speed and volume
  • Width
  • Vehicle mix
  • Road alignment
  • Crash history
  • Number of lanes
  • Maintenance costs
  • Installation

Advantages

  • Can help prevent dangerous overtaking maneuvers
  • Minimize head-on collisions
  • Can shift turning movements to safer areas

Disadvantages

  • Can restrict the flow of traffic if a vehicle breaks down
  • Emergency vehicles won’t be able to access roads when there are median barriers
  • Median barriers can be safety hazards if they’re not well-designed
  • Some regions have materials used for medians that are at risk of being stolen

What Victims of Highway Accidents Can Do

If you have a loved one involved in a highway accident due to negligent of the other party, the lawyers at Williams Kherkher are here to help. Get the justice for your loved one through our experienced attorneys and extensive resources. We handle personal injury cases such as truck accidents, aviation accidents, and carbon monoxide poisoning, and we’re ready to help your family recover through litigation on your behalf. Get in touch with us now to get started.

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