Many companies are adopting 100 percent cellphone bans when operating a company vehicle. This helps protect the driver, passengers, and other vehicles on the road from being involved in a collision. A lack of cellphone polices can create great anguish for all parties involved.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed a fatal car accident involving a train in Iowa Park, Texas. The collision occurred at approximately 10:15 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017. The collision occurred near the intersection of West Smith Avenue and Johnson Road. The railroad track crosses Johnson Road approximately 25 yards before the intersection with West Smith Avenue. There are retractable railroad gates near the tracks, but it is unknown at this point whether they were activated as the train approached. There is a residential property located near where the collision occurred, but there is no report yet that there were any witnesses. Iowa Park Police and Fire, Wichita County Sheriff's Deputies, Department of Public Safety Troopers, and railroad officials were all called to the scene to investigate. The driver was reportedly operating a Dodge SUV. Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle has perished.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released fatal traffic crash data collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia for calendar year 2016. According to NHTSA, there were 37,461 people killed in crashes on U.S. roadways during 2016, an increase from 35,485 in 2015. The number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads in 2016 increased by 2.2 percent, resulting in a 2.6 percent increase in fatalities from 2015. NHTSA found that distracted driving and drowsy driving fatalities declined, while fatalities related to other reckless behaviors such as speeding, alcohol impairment, and failure to wear a seatbelt increased from the previous year. Fatal traffic crashes increased from 2015 to 2016 in almost all segments of the population including passenger vehicle occupants, occupants of large trucks, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, alcohol-impaired driving, and time of day (daytime/nighttime).
On June 26, 2017, several lanes of the Katy Freeway were shut down after an 18-wheeler traveling on the eastbound lanes struck an overpass near downtown Houston striking at least two vehicles. The incident occurred around 6:45 a.m. when the truck's cargo crashed into the Houston Avenue Bridge. The lanes remained closed until the cargo was removed from the freeway.
For the second time in one week, a flying object has killed a Texas motorist. On June 10th, a 69-year-old woman was killed when a trailer hitch ball crashed through the windshield of her car and struck her in the head. The woman was immediately taken to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased. The Houston Police Department is conducting an investigation surrounding the details of the accident. It is currently unclear where the trailer hitch ball came from and how it got loose.
Abdias Levya was killed on his way home after dropping his father off at work. It was almost 6:00 a.m. when Abdias was travelling northbound on I-45 near San Jacinto, when a wheel fell off a Ford F-150 travelling southbound and bounced into the northbound lanes before crashing through Mr. Levya's windshield, killing him instantly.
A collision between a privately-owned vehicle and a Maryland Transmit Administration (MTA) bus sent 17 people to the hospital on the afternoon of May 20, 2017. According to MTA officials, the accident occurred at 3:54 p.m. at the intersection of St. Paul Street and East North Avenue in central Baltimore.
A bus carrying fourteen people returning from a church choir retreat was involved in a deadly head-on collision with a 2007 Dodge truck in South Texas last month. The crash killed 13 people after the truck unexpectedly veered into their lane of traffic. Witnesses to the crash confirmed the driver of the truck was texting and on medication at the time of the crash.
Last Friday evening, a speeding white Dodge Durango caused a deadly 3-car pile-up at a toll booth stand on the Sam Houston Tollway. Video surveillance shows a brown Buick sedan waiting in line to pay the toll fare at the drive-up toll booth stand moments before impact. Unfortunately, as a result of the violent collision, it was determined that the driver of the Buick sedan was killed when the driver of the Durango smashed into the back of the Buick, forcing the Buick into a trailer attached to the truck ahead of it.
Fifteen charter bus passengers filed suit following a collision at a train crossing that left forty injured and another four dead. The lawsuit seeks more than $250 million in damages on negligence and product liability claims against the bus, tour, and train companies involved.