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Tire Blow Out Results In Death of One Man

According to, the Texas Department of Public Safety stated, a one-vehicle wreck in Nolan County has claimed the life of a Houston man.

On Friday night, August 18, 3 people were traveling west on I-20 in Nolan County near mile marker 253 when the vehicle’s right rear tire blew out. This caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle and veer off the north side of the road. The vehicle rolled over multiple times before coming to rest on its top.

Of the three occupants, 22-year-olds Frederick Wayne Harrison and Bienvenu A. Nicholas, both from Houston, were transported to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater. Harrison was treated and released, while Nicholas is listed in stable condition.

The third occupant, 37-year-old Joe Kleon Trent of Houston, was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to McCoy’s Funeral Home in Sweetwater, Texas.

The crash is under investigation.

Dangers of the Road

This is an example of the risk we are all at when driving or riding in a vehicle. This accident was unavoidable. There is no way these three unsuspecting people could have guessed they were going to have a tire blowout which would lead to a tragic car crash.

Driving on Texas summer highways always poses a problem due to the excruciating heat. The roads heat up to dangerous temperatures which are very hard on tires. This is the reason there are always warnings during the summer to make sure to keep tires properly inflated to help minimize the risk of tire blowouts. Properly inflated tires do not necessarily guarantee that a tire blowout will not occur, but it is proven that it does help.

There are many reasons a tire blowout can occur. Maybe there was a small puncture in the tire that slowly leaked air out, or maybe the heat was too much for the tire, or perhaps the tire was flawed in some way. Whatever the reason, it is likely that this tragedy in the above story could not have been avoided.

Auto Accident Statistics

According to the Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Facts 2015:

  • Primarily based on reportable crashes in 2015, 1 person was killed every 2 hours, 29 minutes. Additionally, 1 person was injured every 2 minutes 8 seconds and 1 reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds.
  • There were 581 people killed in head-on crashes in 2015.
  • Of all persons killed in vehicles where restraint usage was applicable and usage was known in 2015, 40.3% were reported as not restrained when the fatal crash occurred.
  • 246,335 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.
  • The fatality rate on Texas roadways for 2015 was 1.43% deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled. This is a 2.05% decrease from 2014.
  • Also, Texas experienced a decrease in the number f motor vehicle traffic fatalities. The 2015 death toll of 3,531 was a decrease of 0.14% from the 3,536 deaths recorded in 2014.
  • There were 13,616 serious injury crashes in Texas in 2015 that resulted in over 17,000 people sustaining a serious injury.
  • Fatalities in traffic crashes in rural areas of the state accounted for 54.52% of the state’s traffic fatalities. There were 1,925 deaths in rural traffic crashes.
  • Ultimately, single vehicle, run-off the road crashes resulted in 1,255 deaths in 2015. This was 35.54% of all motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2015.

San Antonio Car Accident Attorneys

Car accidents are sometimes unavoidable and the above story is testament to this. People were still seriously injured and unfortunately, one man killed. There will still be expensive medical bills that the families will need help with and other unexpected expenses that will weigh heavy on these people during their recovery. If you have been the victim of a car accident and you are seeking legal advice, contact our law office for an evaluation to see if we can help.