According to kwtx.com, rain was likely a factor in a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 281 about 10 miles north of Hamilton that left two women dead.
It was reported to have been raining around 11 a.m. which was right before the accident occurred. The roads were very wet and slick.
A southbound 2015 Honda Civic lost traction on the wet highway and crossed into the northbound lane and into the path of a 2015 Ford pickup, which struck the side of the Civic.
The driver of the Honda, Wanda Wehmeyer, 57, of Little Elm, and her passenger, Jamie Gutierrez, 36, of McKinney, were both killed in the accident and pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the pickup, Randy McKinney, 50, of Cleburne, was injured in the accident and taken to Hamilton General Hospital where it was confirmed that he did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
It was advised by the Department of Public Safety Sargent, “In light of this unfortunate tragedy, Texas DPS would like to remind motorists the importance of slowing down during times of inclement weather.”
“Motorists should only drive at a speed that is safe for the conditions at the time.”
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 Lawyer
With the rainy weather many Texas towns have been experiencing due to the hurricane that hit the coast, the Department of Public Safety is using this as an opportunity to advise drivers to be especially careful on the wet roads. Bad weather is often a factor in car accidents because people do not realize the dangers of driving on water.
There are many factors that can contribute to an accident on wet roads such as the make and model of a vehicle, condition of the tires on said vehicle, the speed the driver is traveling on the wet road, or low visibility due to heavy rains. All these factors can lead to dangerous situations if drivers are not careful. If you have been the victim of a car accident and are seeking legal advice, contact our law office for an evaluation to see if we can help.