Man Dies in Tragic Accident While Changing Flat Tire on U.S. 281

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Oncoming traffic headlights can temporarily blind drivers at night.


One Man Dead, Another Injured in Night Driving Accident While Changing Flat Tire

According to a KSAT News report, one man has died, and another was hospitalized after an accident while changing a flat tire on U.S. 281.

Police reported the incident occurred at around 9 p.m. on U.S. 281 North southbound just before Hildebrand Avenue on March 21st. According to the report, many factors came together to cause the accident. A Ford pickup with a trailer attached was parked behind the car with a flat tire, and its trailer was slightly over the line. A passing vehicle was approaching a hill, reducing their view at the same time another vehicle drifted into their lane. It was enough to cause the passing vehicle to hit the protruding trailer, spinning the pickup into the men who were changing the tire. It sent one man off of the highway bridge and injured another man in the abdomen.

The 63-year-old man who fell from the bridge was pronounced dead at the scene. The other man was hospitalized in stable condition. No criminal charges are pending as a result of the accident.

Did You Know?

Roughly 40% of auto accidents occur at night.

Blinding Headlights: How to Avoid Night Blindness While Driving

No, it’s not just you — headlights have gotten brighter.

If you’ve ever driven at night, you’ve probably been blinded by passing headlights. Since newer models of vehicles have switched to bluish LED lights, the blinding effect has gotten even worse. Let’s take a look at how you can reduce night blindness while driving in San Antonio.

Steps to Avoid Night Blindness

Did you know that most people use their high beams incorrectly? When oncoming traffic doesn’t dim their brights, or when a vehicle is driving too close behind you with its high beams on, it can cause you to be unable to see as your eyes readjust to the darkness. This creates an incredibly dangerous driving situation, so it’s important to know how to react.

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has some tips for avoiding night blindness from oncoming traffic:

  • Focus your eyes on the right edge of the road to avoid being blinded.
  • Keep your windshield and headlights clean inside and out.
  • Adjust your rearview mirror to the nighttime setting to dim any headlight glare coming from behind.
  • Turn your head from side to side to increase your peripheral vision.

If you are injured in an accident because of another driver’s negligent use of lights or high beams, you may be entitled to compensation.

Injured in an Auto Accident at Night? Call Carabin Shaw.

You may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Pain and Suffering,
  • Property Damage,
  • Medical Expenses,
  • Ambulance Costs,
  • Ongoing Medical Care,
  • Disfigurement,
  • Anxiety and PTSD,
  • Wrongful Death,
  • and More.

Not sure if you have a case? No problem. Carabin Shaw can help you find out if you have a case for free, with no obligation on your part. Our firm has represented those injured in night driving accidents for over 30 years. We’re a trusted name in San Antonio because we put our clients first.

Call the team that cares at 800-862-1260 or use the live chat to schedule your free case evaluation with one of our auto accident attorneys today. We look forward to serving you.

Contacting a Carabin Shaw attorney is free and does not obligate you to work with the firm.

¹KSAT Report

²TDI Night Blindness Tips

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