Winona — 2 People Killed, 3 Others Injured in Rear-End Collision on Interstate 20
Posted on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 9:16 pm by Williams Hart
On the evening of Sunday, July 28, 2019, two people were killed and three others were injured in a rear-end collision that occurred in Winona, Texas.
According to initial reports, Dale John Bellard Jr., his wife Quondaila, his son Dominic, and his daughter Elyssa were traveling home to Nacogdoches from Tyler. However, while returning home, they ran into traffic on Interstate 20 near Winona, and a driver who was traveling at a high rate of speed failed to notice the traffic slowed ahead. As a result, the driver crashed into the back of the family’s 2019 Chevrolet TRAX.
Quondaila Christine Bellard, 40, died on impact. Elyssa, 18, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Tyler. Dominic James-Armon (DJ) Sellers, 21, was transported by air to the hospital in critical but stable condition, and Dale was admitted for shoulder and back injuries.
The crash still remains under investigation.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the family in this accident. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Vehicular 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.
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.
Vehicular accidents, especially rear-end collisions and truck accidents, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/rear-end 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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