Odessa — 4-Year-Old Girl Killed in Chain Reaction Crash on 42nd Street
Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 at 8:01 pm by Williams Hart
On the afternoon of Tuesday, August 20, 2019, a four-year-old girl was killed in a chain reaction vehicular accident that occurred in Odessa, Texas.
According to initial reports, three vehicles were stopped at the light at the intersection of 42nd Street and West County Road when the driver of a Ford F-250 pickup truck slammed into the back of the last vehicle. The impact of the collision shoved the vehicle into the back of the second vehicle and the second into the first. A lawnmower also went flying, hitting two other vehicles.
The four-year-old girl was in the vehicle that was hit by the F-250. She was brought to University Medical Center in Lubbock where she was pronounced dead. Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle she was in, 57-year-old Richard Ramirez, was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The crash still remains under investigation.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the unidentified young girl. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Car accidents are a problem in this day and age, and yet, they still continue to happen on a regular basis. In statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.
A particular kind of vehicular accident that is fairly common in the United States is a rear-end collision. It has been reported that there are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions in the U.S. every year, and from that number, roughly 1,700 people die while another 500,000 are injured. The National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) also notes that 87% of rear-end collisions happened simply because the driver was not paying attention to the road.
Car accidents, especially rear-end collisions, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/rear-end collisions, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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