At approximately 2:45 on the morning of November 13, 2017, a two-vehicle collision occurred in Dallas, Texas, that resulted in three fatalities. The deadly crash occurred on Harry Hines Boulevard at the Lombard Lane intersection. An 18-wheeler UPS truck with an empty 53-foot trailer was stopped at the red light. A motorist in a car that was coming up behind the big rig failed to stop. The car slammed into the rear of the 18-wheeler as it was still at the stoplight. The rear bumper broke off of the UPS truck, and the car went under the trailer. A specialized team from Dallas Fire-Rescue was called to the scene because victims were pinned in the wreckage. The two people in the front seats of the car were pronounced dead at the scene. The backseat passenger in the car suffered critical injuries and was transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Later, that individual also died.
Rear-end accidents are among the most common types of crashes that occur on our Texas roadways. Statistics show that hitting the vehicle in front of us makes up between 23% and 30% of all collisions. Obviously, since the vehicle that does the rear-ending is traveling forward, simply keeping eyes on the road ahead would be the way to avoid such accidents. There are many reasons a driver may not see what’s ahead, and the vast majority of the time, that driver was negligent. Everyone has had the experience, however, of having another motorist pull directly in front of you and then slow down or even abruptly stop, potentially causing a rear-end crash.
Distractions such as driving while texting, grooming, falling asleep, and driving while intoxicated are some of the reasons negligent motorists hit the vehicle in front of them.