Two killed, three injured in Cameron County crash
by Benjamin Treviño | April 22nd, 2022 | Auto Accident
Two people were killed and three others were injured in an April 21 head-on collision in Cameron County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The incident happened a few minutes before 6:00 p.m. on FM 506, south of the Cameron and Willacy County line.
A preliminary DPS investigation indicates a while, 2015 Chevrolet Spark was traveling north on the wrong side of the road in a no-passing zone when it collided head-on with a silver 2018 Chevrolet Camaro traveling south.
Two men in Chevrolet Spark, including the driver, 36-year-old Benjamin Caballero, and a passenger, 41-year-old Mario Antonio Solis Sumano, died at the scene. Both men were residents of Weslaco. A third unidentified passenger in the vehicle was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
The driver and passenger of the Camaro were also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The Texas Department of Public Safety continues to investigate the crash.
Wrong way accident statistics
The Federal Highway Administration reports that 300 to 400 people killed on average every year by wrong way drivers. Most were involved in a head-on collision, or their vehicles were sideswiped at severely high speeds.
The International Institute of Insurance estimates 1,187 claims are filed annually for accidents involving wrong way drivers. The statistics account for an estimated 2.3 percent of all crashes. The institute adds that head-on collisions make up about 10.2 percent of all traffic fatalities.
Wrong way drivers
Wrong way drivers aren’t only breaking the law, they are putting other drivers in harm’s way. A wrong way driver can cause a head-on collision, or even a car pile-up due to the fact other drivers are startled and have nowhere to go. Most accidents involving a wrong way driver end in traumatic property damage and injuries. Many victims sustain brain and spinal injuries due to the brute force of the impact.
If you have been injured by a wrong way driver, it’s highly recommended you seek legal counsel with an experienced personal injury attorney. You may be able to recover some or all of the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Handicap installations
- Loss of wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment for life
- Loss of consortium (loss of a relationship)
The personal injury attorneys at the J. Gonzalez Law Firm will do whatever it takes to fight for what you deserve. Call us now at 1-800-CAR CRASH to schedule your first appointment.