9 people lost in 3 days in 3 deadly crashes
Tuesday's collision north of Fort WorthIn the first of the three deadly crashes, a high-speed wreck happened between two pickup trucks. They collided outside of Springtown on FM 51 (Main Street) two miles north of the intersection with State Highway 199. Tragically, there were no survivors. It is not known at this time what caused this wreck. The police report has not been released yet. If this happened at an intersection, either the silver truck failed to yield the right of way or the other truck failed to slow down and it turned. We see that young men driving oversized trucks and speeding, wrongfully passing or turning, and driving while looking down at their cell phones - or all of the above - often cause deadly crashes like this one.
Three fatal crashes in one day is insaneTexas may be fully open for business but there are less vehicles on the roads thanks to remote working, shopping, and schooling. So you would hope that at least the number of car accidents would have decreased. But looking at how many fatal crashes happened in the Fort Worth area just on Friday, it is apparent that our local highways are as dangerous as ever. This is what happened in those eight hours:
1. In Far North Fort WorthA tractor-trailer, flatbed truck and pickup were involved in a crash about 10:00 a.m. on Highway 114 at an intersection near the Texas Motor Speedway in Justin. Apparently a woman driving the flatbed truck died. Other people were injured, two of them seriously.
2. In ArlingtonA man who was driving while intoxicated took the life of a 21-year-old woman around 2:30 a.m on Interstate 20. Her car collided into an 18-wheeler that had jack-knifed and blocked all lanes of traffic after it was crashed into by the drunk man. The young woman was a college student, worked, and was loved by many. And shockingly, this was the third child that her parents had lost in a DWI collision, adding to the heart break.
3. Near DecaturAlso about 2:30 a.m., the 47-year-old assistant basketball coach at the University of North Texas died after his car hit a culvert in on U.S. 380. His vehicle flipped over and traveled through a fence. Other details were not reported. His team had finished its first NCAA tournament in the history of the school just several weeks before. These stories are devastating. Any one wrongful death from a car crash or due to any other reason is heart-breaking. There are so many ways someone can get hurt out on the roads. We send our condolences and prayers to their families and everyone impacted by these tragedies.
We have an alarming crisis on our Texas roads you need to know about:
- Texas has been #1 in the nation for the most commercial truck crashes for the last five years.
- These wrecks took the lives of 685 Texans and injured 6,204 others – many severely – in 2019.
- By comparison, California which has over 10 million more people, only suffered 463 deaths that year.
- The number of fatalities caused by 18-wheeler crashes rose by almost 30% here since 2016.
All time high for fatal car accidentsAccording to the National Safety Council
- Over 42,000 Americans lost their lives in car accidents in 2020 -- a huge increase over the year before and the highest total in 13 years;
- A shocking 5,000,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes last year;
- For the first half of 2020, while the number of miles dropped by 17%, the number of fatal car accidents increased by 20%;
- Collisions are now the leading cause of death for our children and young people from ages 1-25; and
- The cost to our country is an astonishing one-half trillion dollars a year.
- Almost 4,000 Texans perished in a vehicle crash, the highest total in years. Year after year, Texas has the highest number of fatal car accidents in the United States.
- conducted an investigation of the scene
- researched the driver and his company
- put them on notice and demanded that all evidence be preserved
Brain injuries from car wrecksIf you have been in a car or truck wreck, how do you know if you have suffered a brain injury? It can often be difficult to know.
Symptoms may or may not be apparent immediately. Or they can arise the next day or weeks later. Signs can ebb and flow. The victim of the crash may not relate each symptom to the crash or may have suffered headaches or related problems in the past. Further, a closed head injury can be hard to evaluate, especially since the brain is protected by a hard skull and a sack of fluid.
After a person's head is thrown forwards and backwards, often striking the airbag, steering wheel or door, they often lose consciousness. When they come to, they may feel a little sore but okay. Or they may be in shock and not understand the extent of their injuries. The severity depends on where and how hard the brain was impacted.
And the Dallas Cowboys lose their first three players of the seasonSunday was a bad night for America's Team. Not only did they lose their first game, but three players either fractured a collar bone, tore an ACL, or sprained a knee. And you know that it's only a matter of time before someone suffers a concussion that will cost him to sit out the rest of the season -- and possibly affect him for the rest of his life. The NFL is still grappling with a $1 billion class action lawsuit filed in 2012 by several thousand brain injured players, including many Cowboys greats. Yes, football players play game after game, year after year, and sustain concussions. But a shocking two and one-half million Americans suffer a head injury each year. At least 50,000 lives are lost. The second leading cause of them is car accidents.
- Grade 1 - no loss of consciousness; altered mental state lasted less than 15 minutes
- Grade 2 - no loss of consciousness; altered mental state lasted more than 15 minutes
- Grade 3 - loss of consciousness
What to watch out forYou should seek medical care if you or someone you know experiences one or more of these symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness
- Pain in the neck
- Disturbed sleep
- Loss of memory
- Amnesia about the crash
- Nausea and vomiting
- Unusual fatigue
- Delayed response time
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination
- Severe headaches
- Repeated vomiting
- Weakness and numbness in hands and arms and legs and feet