Victoria — 5 People Killed, 7 People Injured in 3-Vehicle Accident on U.S. Route 59
Posted on Sunday, July 21st, 2019 at 7:53 pm by Williams Hart
At around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, 2019, five people were killed and seven people were injured in a multi-vehicle accident that occurred in Victoria, Texas.
According to initial reports, a van that was carrying a family of 10 was traveling northbound on U.S. Route 59, near the Telferner exit, when all of a sudden, it clipped the left rear of an 18-wheeler, thus causing the driver of the van to lose control. The van then went into the center median dividing the highway and into oncoming traffic, striking a pickup truck head-on.
Five people were pronounced dead at the scene: a woman, two men, a boy, and a girl. They were all occupants inside the van. Meanwhile, the two people inside the pickup truck were brought to the hospital with serious injuries. The remaining five in the van were transported to the hospital in unknown conditions.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was the only person uninjured.
Investigation is still ongoing for this accident.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the victims in this accident. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Vehicular accidents like this are awfully common nowadays. In a 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.
Moreover, the NHTSA reports that from 1997 to 2006, accidents involving vans led to the deaths of more than 1,000 occupants, with 120 occupants dying in 2004 alone. It has also been noted that vans with more than 10 occupants showed a greatly increased risk of an accident, and in about 83% of the van accident fatalities, the occupants were not wearing any seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Additionally, an accident involving a tractor-trailer is a 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.
Vehicular accidents, especially those involving vans and trucks, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in van/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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