Woodville — 2 People Injured in Multi-Vehicle Accident on U.S. Route 69
Posted on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 at 9:26 pm by Williams Hart
At around 1 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019, two people were injured in a multi-vehicle accident that occurred in Woodville, Texas.
According to initial reports, a Tyler County Sheriff’s deputy was heading westbound on Wheat Street when he turned on his emergency lights near the intersection of the U.S. Route 69. All northbound traffic on the U.S. Route 69 stopped to yield for the deputy except for a 2018 Chevrolet passenger vehicle that went into a turning lane and collided with the deputy’s patrol car. The impact of the crash caused the Chevrolet to hit a 2011 Dodge pickup truck that was also in the northbound lanes of the highway.
The driver of the Chevrolet, 32-year-old Donnie Releford, was transported in a personal vehicle to the Tyler County Hospital with minor injuries.
The deputy was also transported to a nearby hospital, but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. The driver of the Dodge was not injured in the crash.
The crash still remains under investigation.
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. 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 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 car accident that is fairly common and also incredibly dangerous is the broadside collision, also known as the T-bone or side-impact collision. This kind of car accident involves a vehicle being hit on its side by the front end of another vehicle. Crash research and analysis of accident data have shown that broadside accidents represent 13% of all car accidents in the United States and that 18% of all fatal car accidents are broadside-style collisions.
Additionally, the NHTSA reported that about 8,000 people are killed every year in this type of accident. And more often than not, if someone is lucky enough to survive this collision, they might suffer from other severe injuries, such as brain injuries, broken bones, internal injuries, and back, neck, and spine injuries. Passengers on the struck side of the vehicle often sustain injuries far worse than those received in rear-end crashes.
Car accidents, especially broadside collisions, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/broadside 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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