Woodville — Motorcyclist Dead After Head-On Collision on U.S. 190
Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2019 at 2:59 am by Williams Hart
At around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, a fatal motorcycle crash that happened on U.S. 190 killed one person.
According to initial reports, Matthew Calley, the 53-year-old driver of a 2018 Harley Davidson motorcycle, was traveling westbound on U.S. 190 while Derick Simmons, the 41-year-old driver of a 2003 Dodge pickup, was traveling eastbound on the same highway. Simmons claimed that there seemed to be headlights in his traffic lane, so he took evasive action to avoid a collision, but upon doing so, he struck a motorcycle. Both vehicles left the highway near the wood line and caught fire.
Matthew Calley died at the scene while Simmons and his two passengers were treated by medical personnel.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to Matthew Calley. Alas, he is only one of the many people whose lives are taken away by a car accident. Car accidents are a problem in this day and age, and yet, they still continue to happen on a regular basis. 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 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.
Motorcycle accidents, another type of vehicular accident, are common despite the fact that motorcycles are initially believed to be far less crashworthy than closed vehicles. In 2016, the NHTSA reported that 5,286 people died in motorcycle accidents. In the same year as well, it is reported that motorcyclists were 28 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled.
Car accidents, especially motorcycle accidents and head-on collisions, are quite difficult to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in car accidents/motorcycle accidents/head-on 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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