Houston Police Department is investigating a fatal accident involving an 18-wheeler and a sedan which occurred about 4 a.m. yesterday, November 2, 2016 near the intersection of FM 1960 and Walters Road. Investigators believe the male driver of a Honda Accord was traveling westbound on FM 1960 possibly at more than 100 mph when he hit the rear of a slow-moving 18-wheeler pulling away from a traffic light. A witness told investigators the man may have been racing another driver at the time of the crash.
The driver of the Accord clipped the back of the truck, which sheared off the top and side of his car. The twisted, mangled wreckage of the car was scattered along the roadway. The driver’s side of the car and roof appeared were ripped off during the crash. The man, whose name has not been released, was decapitated and thrown from the car during the crash. His body was found about two-dozen yards away from the Accord.
Reckless driving is defined by Texas law as an act in which a motorist operates an automobile with total disregard for public safety or property, in a public place. A public place can be a street, road, freeway, highway, parking lot, garage, or any other place that’s accessible to the public.
Sec. 545.401. RECKLESS DRIVING; OFFENSE. (a) A person commits an offense if the person drives a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.
A Houston police officer may arrest a driver if they’re racing on a street, driving at an excessive rate of speed, attempting to evade arrest, or operating a vehicle in any way that would put the public, and/or the property of others, at risk.
If you or someone you know was injured by a reckless driver, it’s important that you discuss your case with an experienced Houston personal injury attorney so you can get a clear understanding of your legal options. You are likely entitled to pursue compensation by filing a claim against the at-fault party’s liability insurance policy.
The Pinkerton Law Firm, PLLC can help you by gathering evidence to prove fault in the case, preparing your claim and representing you with the insurance company. We are experienced Houston car wreck attorneys. If the responsible party refuses to pay you the amount that you deserve, The Pinkerton Law Firm, PLLC may take the case to trial in pursuit of a jury verdict in your favor. If you are in need of a Houston car accident attorney because of a street racer or someone otherwise driving recklessly, look no further than The Pinkerton Law Firm, PLLC.
Contact us for a free initial consultation. We can review your case to determine liability for the accident, as well as discuss the impact of the situation in order to establish how much you might receive in a settlement or jury verdict. When you hire us, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We work on a contingency-fee-basis; you do not have to pay us a fee upfront and will owe us nothing unless we win your case. If you have been injured in an accident as a result of a street racer or someone otherwise driving recklessly, call a bicycle accident attorney at The Pinkerton Law Firm, PLLC for a FREE consultation at (713) 360-6722.