Chain-reaction crash near SpaceX leads to injuries, citations

by Benjamin Treviño | April 19th, 2024 | Auto Accident

CAMERON COUNTY – An April 18 crash has left four people injured and one driver facing numerous citations. The crash happened at about 7:30 a.m. on State Highway 4, which connects Brownsville to the SpaceX rocket testing facility at Boca Chica Beach known as Starbase.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the driver of a Jeep traveling east on Highway 4 attempted to pass a Silverado pickup truck in a no-passing zone. The Jeep sideswiped a tractor trailer rig heading west, according to the report, which then caused the 18-wheeler to swerve into the oncoming lane and strike the Silverado pickup.

DPS spokesperson Sgt. Maria Hernandez stated that three people in the Silverado, and the driver of the Jeep were hospitalized with minor injuries. No fatalities were reported. Hernandez added that the driver of the Jeep would be issued three citations: passing in a no-passing zone, not having liability insurance, and having expired automobile registration.

DPS did not release the names of any of the people involved in the crash.


Liability in chain-reaction accidents

Each chain-reaction car accident is unique, but most of them have one thing in common – questions about who is at fault for the initial collision and any subsequent collisions. Unfortunately, this same confusion can also impact a person’s ability to successfully file a personal injury claim against that driver.

Who is at fault?

Proving fault in a motor vehicle accident is far more complicated than pointing a finger at a particular driver. To determine fault in a personal injury case of any kind, one needs to prove that a person’s actions or negligence were at least partially to blame for the accident occurring.

The basic rule of thumb is that the driver who caused the initial collision that led to all subsequent crashes is generally the at-fault party. However, “rule of thumb” is just a social turn of phrase, not a legal term. Determining liability is going to hang on the facts behind each particular accident.

Will you need an attorney?

You will absolutely need legal representation. Insurance claims and legal proceedings are highly complicated. Insurance companies and court defendants are going to have attorneys on their side, so it only makes sense that you should have the best attorneys you can find on your side.

Call J. Gonzalez

If you or a loved one are injured in a multi-car collision, the team of personal injury attorneys at the J. Gonzalez Law Firm is here to help. We have experience handling complex cases where determining a guilty party may be more complicated than usual. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients to ensure the best possible outcome.

Call us today at 1-800-CAR-CRASH to get started on building the strongest case possible in your favor.



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