Even attentive drivers can be caught off guard by an unexpected hazard on the road. One common type of unanticipated event is a car accident involving other vehicles on the road. Drivers naturally assume that everyone around them is driving safely and will not get involved in an accident. However, once an accident occurs, it puts everyone else on the road, and chain-reaction car accidents are quite common, especially on Texas highways.
A chain-reaction car accident occurs when one accident sets in motion a series of events that leads to several other collisions. Recently, a 13-year-old boy was killed in a chain-reaction car accident in Bell County, TX. According to a recent news report, the boy was a passenger in one of several cars involved in the collision.
Evidently, a driver was heading northbound on I-35, approaching Shanklin Road, when they approached a construction zone. At this portion of I-35, the highway was restricted to one lane, resulting in a significant traffic back-up. The driver failed to notice that traffic was stopped due to the construction and crashed full-speed into the rear-most vehicle.
The immense force of the initial crash caused a massive multi-vehicle accident, injuring a total of 12 people, six of which required hospitalization. A 13-year old boy sadly did not survive his accident-related injuries. Although news reports are conflicting, it appears that there were between two and four other injured passengers under the age of 17. The highway was closed for more than three hours while emergency responders cleared the scene.
High-speed rear-end accidents such as this one are not uncommon, especially in construction zones. While construction crews typically are required by law to place signage well in advance of any area impacted by their work, there is no guarantee that drivers are paying attention as they pass these signs. Drivers should avoid all distractions, such as texting while driving, and pay close attention to the road ahead to avoid these preventable accidents.
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