Highway Debris Linked to Hwy 97 Accident, One Killed

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 14-Nov-2012

A collision between two vehicles outside of Jourdantown on Wednesday morning claimed the life of a female driver, when she swerved into the path of another vehicle after trying to avoid tire highway debris in the roadway, officials said.

The woman, who was identified by police as Yuri Casares, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision.

Authorities said Casares was attempting to avoid the tire on Hwy 97 when she lost control of the vehicle and attempted to regain control but overcorrected. The vehicle swerved into the path of an oncoming vehicle and was struck, killing Casares.

The other driver involved was not identified by officials but they did report that three people in the other vehicle were transported to University Hospital. One victim was airlifted and two were transported to the hospital via ground ambulance for the treatment of the injuries caused by the Hwy 97 car accident near Jourdantown.

Hazards in the roadway can be especially dangerous because even the most attentive drivers may not immediately detect their existence. In some circumstances, 18 wheelers may lose the tread on their tires while traveling, leaving them in the roadway and creating a situation where an oncoming driver may swerve to avoid the debris.

In some such situations a third party may be held responsible for debris in the roadway that provoked such a deadly accident or left victims seriously injured.

In addition to being a hazard that can cause a vehicle to lose control, whether they attempt to avoid it or hit it with their vehicle, tires or lost tread can also strike vehicles in the process of tread loss. Known as “gators,” large pieces of tread and tires from 18 wheelers are a serious problem for drivers and present serious risks of causing injury when the equipment hits a vehicle or motorcycle or when it is struck by an oncoming driver.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or passed away from injuries caused by an accident tied to tread separation on an 18 wheeler or tire debris in the roadway, call our high debris attorneys in San Antonio, Austin and across the state at 254-633-2983, visit our tire debris lawyers online or visit one of the 10 office locations for our personal injury law firm. We care. We can help.

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