12/15/2015 // 1-800-Car-Wreck // (press release)
Two children were killed in a car wreck in South Dallas recently, after the family’s vehicle was hit by an SUV. Reports say that the SUV was traveling at approximately 100 miles per hour on a rain soaked highway when the crash occurred.
Source: Associated Press Report “The Latest: 2 children killed in collision in South Dallas”
“A law enforcement official says two children have been killed in a crash on a slick highway in South Dallas after the family's car was struck by an SUV traveling about 100 mph…Melinda Urbina, spokeswoman for the Dallas County Sheriff's Department, says a family of five were in the vehicle during the crash Friday afternoon on U.S. 175. A boy, around 12 or 13 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene and a baby less than 13 months died at a hospital.”
The driver of the SUV is now facing charges in connection with the crash including manslaughter.
The Dangers of Speeding in Inclement Weather
Weather events like heavy precipitation can impact the capabilities of drivers as well as the performance of vehicles while on the road. According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over an estimated 480,000 people are injured and more than 6,000 are killed each year in traffic accidents that occur in adverse weather. A majority of weather-related crashes are said to occur during rainfall and on wet ground.
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation “How Do Weather Events Impact Roads?”
“The vast majority of most weather-related crashes happen on wet pavement and during rainfall: Seventy-four percent (74%) on wet pavement and forty-six percent (46%) during rainfall.”
To read more visit http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/weather/q1_roadimpact.htm.
According to Dallas car wreck attorney Amy Witherite of Eberstein Witherite LLP, speeding during heavy rainfall or on slick roads is a commonly reported factor in many car crash cases. Says the lawyer “speeding is a negligent act that can lead to a serious car crash in any weather condition. However, when a driver opts to disobey the speed limit during or immediately after heavy rainfall it can escalate the risks of their becoming involved in an accident.”
The attorney also says that even attempting to drive the posted speed limit on wet roads isn’t always a safe choice because the slick surface may pose problems in the event that a driver has to brake suddenly. The slower a vehicle is traveling, the easier it is for the driver to maintain control throughout their commute; therefore, it is important to drive at a controllable speed in rainy weather.
Witherite suggests that drivers also take the following into consideration when traveling in inclement weather:
- It takes longer to brake when driving on roads that are slippery – Tires perform differently on slippery road surfaces than dry ones because the wet road can affect their traction.
- Not ensuring that one’s vehicle is prepared for driving in certain weather conditions is risky – Making sure tires are properly inflated, windshield wipers are functioning properly, and other vehicle components are in working order is important for reducing the risk of an accident in bad weather.
- Unnecessary lane changes on slippery roads can be hazardous – Changing lanes and trying to pass others must be done with extreme caution when driving in rainy weather because it can be difficult to see what’s ahead from certain distances to determine whether one is placing themselves in harm’s way.
- Driving distractions are especially dangerous in inclement weather – Cell phone use and other dangerous driving distractions are particularly risky when bad weather is present. Because factors such as rain can obstruct one’s view of what is ahead, not paying attention to the road for even a second can result in serious consequences.
- There are steps that can be taken to prevent hydroplaning – Hydroplaning can happen when a vehicle is traveling on a slick surface. Drivers can reduce their chance of hydroplaning; however, by taking steps such as avoiding standing water puddles when possible, making sure tires are properly inflated, and ensuring that their speed matches the weather condition they are in.
Those who are injured in a traffic accident caused by the negligent actions of another driver in bad weather conditions can contact a personal injury lawyer about their legal options for being compensated for any damages incurred.
The extent that the wet conditions of the road played in the aforementioned crash had not yet been determined at the time of the report.
Eberstein Witherite LLP
Url: Dallas Car Wreck Lawyers – 1-800-Car-Wreck