ACCIDENT INJURY REPORT-LEVELLAND, Texas, Jan.7, 2020– One person has died and another was injured in a three-vehicle crash in Levelland on Tuesday. Police responded to the crash at 7:15 p.m. near the intersection of Texas Highway 114 and Lobo Drive.
Two of the victims, one of them an elderly man, were taken to Covenant Levelland. The elderly victim had to be transported by AeroCare to a Lubbock hospital and was pronounced dead early Wednesday morning.
A second victim was treated and released at Covenant Levelland, according to Levelland PD Police Chief Albert Garcia. The Texas Department of Public Safety will assist in the investigation of the deadly crash.
The State of Texas records more than 3,700 traffic fatalities a year. TxDOT urges all drivers to observe safe driving practices:
- Pay attention, focus 100% on driving
- When behind the wheel, put the phone away or turn it off
- Drive a safe speed and adjust based upon traffic, road and weather conditions
- Stop for all stop signs and red lights
- Pass carefully when it’s legal and safe
- Never drive after drinking alcohol or taking other drugs
- Avoid medications that cause drowsiness
- Slow down or move over for flashing lights; law enforcement vehicles, emergency vehicles, tow trucks or other vehicles that may be stopped on the side of the road.
Driver Attention and Decision Making
Negotiating intersections is one of the most complex and demanding tasks a driver faces. To successfully execute a vehicle maneuver through an intersection, the driver must receive and recognize available information, make a decision, and execute the desired action. One limitation is that humans are serial processors, and the cognitive task load at intersections can be quite large. Common items a driver must consider when approaching an intersection include the following:
- Being aware that an intersection is ahead.
- Monitoring and adjusting speed.
- Maintaining lane position.
- Being aware of other vehicles and objects in the environment, including the travel path.
- Being aware of other users, such as pedestrians and bicyclists in the intersection.
- Monitoring other traffic movements particularly in conflicting movements.
- Attending to signals or signs.
- Assessing adequacy of gaps for turning movements.
- Rapidly making a stop/go decision in the dilemma zone.
- Slowing for a turn and decelerating for a stop.
- Maintaining proper lane position.
- Selecting the proper lane.
If you, a family member or loved one has been injured or has suffered a wrongful death due to driving accidents, contact an attorney who specializes in these cases to review your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for damages, medical treatments, and lost wages due to the incident.
Lawyers at Carabin Shaw help clients get the care and attention they deserve after a serious incident. Our experienced attorneys represent people and families who have suffered catastrophic injuries and tragic wrongful deaths throughout the state of Texas. If you or a loved one has been injured contact us today at (800) 862-1260.
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