Riviera — 57-Year-Old Man Killed in Wrong-Way Collision on U.S. Route 77
Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 at 8:03 pm by Williams Hart
At around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, a man was killed in a wrong-way collision that occurred near Riviera, Texas.
According to initial reports, Fernando Martinez Ochoa, 57, was driving a 2007 Ford F-150 southbound on the U.S. Route 77 when he crossed over into the northbound lanes. A 2020 Freightliner semi-trailer truck was traveling along the northbound lanes, and though it tried to take evasive action, the pickup ultimately struck the rear-axles of the semi-trailer.
Ochoa was pronounced dead at the scene. Meanwhile, the driver of the semi-trailer was uninjured.
The crash still remains under investigation.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of Fernando Martinez Ochoa. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Car accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. 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 specific kind of car accident that is incredibly deadly is a head-on collision. The reason why a head-on collision is said to be incredibly deadly is because of the increased force that is sustained by both vehicles. Reports estimate that head-on collisions only comprise 2% of reported crashes, but they account for over 10% of driving fatalities. Some of the common outcomes of a head-on collision are spinal injuries, brain injuries, catastrophic injuries, broken bones, paralysis, and of course death.
Additionally, an accident involving a tractor-trailer is another kind of vehicular accident, and it is a deadly one just because of the fact that a tractor-trailer is one of the largest and most dangerous vehicles in the world. It is estimated that there are more than 2 million tractor-trailers roaming in the United States, and each year, they get involved in about 500,000 accidents. And since the size of a tractor-trailer is enormous, the results of this kind of accident are catastrophic, from a severe injury to death.
Car accidents, especially head-on collisions and truck accidents, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/head-on collisions/truck accidents, 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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