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Accident flips semi over area overpass, onto passing car

A car crash in the Houston area ended with a tractor-trailer flipping over the railing of an overpass and on to a small car that was passing below. While the driver of the passenger vehicle was thankfully pulled from her vehicle by a passerby, she still went to the hospital. The extent of her injuries is not known. The truck driver also got taken the hospital.

Interestingly, the truck driver might not be at fault for this accident. According to authorities, the driver of an SUV, who may have been a reckless driver, was weaving in and out of traffic even though it was raining at the time of the accident. The SUV hit the semi, which caused the semi to lose control and hit another vehicle. The semi then flipped over the overpass rail and smashed the car passing immediately below.

Police have indicated they will continue to investigate this accident. However, the preliminary lessons of this story are that, despite the size difference, other vehicles can cause a tractor-trailer to spin out if they hit them, meaning that while truckers need to be careful around cars, the opposite is true as well.

Perhaps more importantly, all Texans need to be aware of the special dangers wet weather can present and need to adjust their driving accordingly. When they do not, they put others at risk of serious car accidents.

In this case, those who got injured may be able to seek recover from the parties responsible for this incident. Before doing so, they may wish to seek out the assistance of an experienced Houston-area personal injury attorney.

Source: Click 2 Houston, "Tractor-trailer drives off Highway 59 overpass, lands on car," Sophia Beausoleil, Jan. 11, 2018.

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