Recently, two young men were killed in a fatal Texas car accident. According to a recent news report, the accident occurred in Denton, TX. Evidently, the two men were heading northbound on Sherman Drive when a southbound driver in an F-150 veered out of his lane. The two-vehicle hit head-on. Emergency responders told reporters that both young men were dead upon their arrival.
The accident occurred during a very heavy rainstorm, which authorities believe may have played a role in the accident. Apparently, more than one inch of rain fell over the previous hour, which means the conditions were extremely wet. According to U.S. Government measurements, any amount of rain over about .04 inches an hour constitutes a “heavy shower.”
Authorities in the area are investigating the accident to determine whether there were any other contributing factors. However, investigators noted that both of the accident victims were wearing their seatbelts at the time.
For many outside Texas, the state is known as a desert. However, much of Texas lies in a subtropical zone, meaning that the state receives quite a bit of rain annually. Driving in the rain, one would think, is something that Texans are familiar with; however, accidents like this happen all too often. In fact, Texas has more weather-related injuries than any other state. A shocking 419 people were killed, and another 1,223 seriously injured in weather-related accidents between 2014 and 2019. While not all of these injuries and deaths are related to car accidents, this illustrates the extreme weather conditions that Texas experiences.
Drivers must take the necessary precautions when driving in inclement weather. This includes slowing down to below the speed limit when necessary. The posted speed limit assumes ideal driving conditions. When it is raining, foggy, windy, dusty, hailing – or any other time when roads are wet or visibility compromised, drivers should slow down to a safe speed.
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