An unfortunate event took place at the end of 2015 which involved four passenger-vehicle occupants and a big rig. At approximately 4am, a 1997 Ford Probe broke down and stopped in a moving lane on the Northwest Freeway near Mason. The driver exited the vehicle and was trying to flag down an 18-wheeler which was coming toward her, but she was unable to stop the truck.
The driver was fortunate enough to be able to dash out of the way, but the occupants of the vehicle were not so lucky. Upon impact the car burst into flames. The semi-tractor trailer crashed onto its side, losing its cargo. The cab of the truck then also burst into flames.
A man who was a passenger in the disabled vehicle and the truck driver both passed away as a result of the high speed collision. The other two passengers of the Probe suffered non-life threatening injuries and were rushed to the Memorial Hermann Hospital.
What You Should Do If Your Vehicle Breaks Down
Vehicles break down every day, and it is important that drivers are aware of what actions they should take should they suddenly find their vehicle inoperable.
First and most importantly, move your vehicle to the right-hand shoulder of the road as soon as you can – especially if you are on a highway. Coast along the shoulder until you are away from any curves in the road.
If you cannot get off the road, you should remain in the vehicle with your seat belt on. If you exit the vehicle, do not cross multiple lanes of traffic and stay on the shoulder of the highway.
If it is dark out, turn the interior light on so that your vehicle is more visible.
The Importance of Contacting an Attorney
At the Charles J. Argento law Firm our attorneys handle a number of cases where who is at fault, and to what degree, may not be always be cut and dry. In this instance there is a question of why the driver of the vehicle did not pull over, and other questions surround why the truck driver did not notice the stalled vehicle, and if the truck driver had the opportunity to change lanes.
Many factors can come into play, which is why, in Houston Texas, our highly skilled personal injury attorney should be contacted, as soon as possible after your accident. We have the resources required to conduct an investigation that will allow us to assess and defend your case.
If you have been involved in a truck or vehicle-related accident, we welcome you to contact us today to arrange for free consultation at (713) 225-5050 (Se Habla Español).