Luckily, most car accidents are minor “fender benders,” not the horrific piles of metal we see nearly nightly on the news. The Bellaire and Houston metro-area roads are heavily trafficked. After all, we live in one of the most populous areas of Texas that is a shipping and natural resource corridor for the entire country. Unfortunately, in nearby Cleveland, this scenario occurred Saturday.
The accident occurred in Cleveland just before 9:00 p.m. Saturday night on SH 105, which is around 2 miles east of FM 2518. At that point, a black pickup truck, driven by a local, tried to pass a westbound 18-wheeler utilizing the eastbound lane. However, when he entered the eastbound lane, he stuck another pickup head-on. When the first responders arrived, they shut down the highway, and it remained closed until about 2:00 a.m.
Cleveland, Tarkington and Hardin Fire Departments, along with Lifeflight and HAZMAT International responded to the accident scene. Unfortunately, the driver of the black pickup and one of his passengers died on site. Another passenger was air lifted to Houston’s Memorial Hermann in critical condition.
The driver of the eastbound pickup also died on site. His wife, a passenger in the vehicle, was also air lifted to Memorial Hermann in critical condition.
The only bright spot in this nightmare is that a 15-year-old passenger in the black pickup was left uninjured. Though, he was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Options for accident victims
Three lives ended that night because of the black pickup driver’s apparent negligence, and multiple families are now devastated. He failed to use caution, and passed when it was not safe to pass. And, with the two other passenger’s still in critical condition, this tragedy could continue to grow.
But, the victims and their families can sue the driver’s estate for their pain and suffering through a personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. These cases can bring some justice and help bring back some semblance of life.
The signs we see littering our roadways to, “Pass With Care” are there for just this reason. Passing on two-lane roads, especially around 18-wheelers, who obstruct a large portion of view, is precarious, at best. When people fail to use caution and accidents and deaths result, the victims of that negligence have options, but calling an attorney is usually the first step to getting some semblance of justice.