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Car accidents and whiplash injuries

Many car accidents that occur in Texas and across the U.S. result in whiplash injuries. Whiplash is a type of injury that affects soft tissue in the neck. This type of damage occurs when sensitive neck muscles and ligaments are suddenly forced beyond their natural range of motion, causing strains or tears. As the force of a vehicle collision can cause passengers to be suddenly propelled in multiple directions, whiplash injuries are most commonly associated with car accidents.

The ligaments and muscles in the neck provide protection to the spinal cord by preventing sudden, excessive movement of the head and neck. However, the force of a car crash can be so violent that these tissues are unable to prevent overextension or rapid movement. When this occurs, the tissues are unable to cope with the strain. As a result, the tissues may split, tear or be bruised. In severe cases of whiplash, nerves in the neck or spinal cord may be damaged.

4-vehicle collision kills 1 in Texas

One person was killed and three others were injured in an accident involving four vehicles in Leon County on Jan. 6. One of the vehicles involved was a tractor-trailer.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the fatal car accident occurred around 8:45 p.m. on Interstate 45 about 2 miles south of Buffalo. A 39-year-old woman driving a Dodge Journey and travelling south on the interstate attempted to cross the median, forcing the three vehicles behind her to brake. The tractor-trailer, one of the vehicles that had to brake, then ran into the backs of the Dodge, a 1992 Buick Roadmaster and a 2001 Chevrolet Impala.

Texas woman killed in U.S. 277 crash

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a 60-year-old Bronte woman died as the result of a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 277 on Dec. 27. The crash happened at approximately 6:35 p.m. about a half mile north of Bronte.

Authorities said a 2007 Workhorse Custom Van was traveling south on U.S. 277 when it crossed the centerline and struck a northbound 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck head-on. The van was flipped on its right side by the force of the collision, and the pickup truck completely rolled over once before landing upright in a ditch.

Wrong-way driver in fatal crash may have been intoxicated

One person was killed and another person was injured in a wrong-way driving accident that took place on a Texas freeway on Dec. 23. The two-car crash happened in Baytown and may have involved a drunk driver.

According to a statement from the Baytown Police Department, the fatal car accident occurred while an individual was traveling in the opposite direction of traffic on westbound East Freeway in a black Chrysler 300. At around 1 a.m., the driver struck a westbound Chevrolet Cavalier head on. Investigators suspect that the wrong-way driver may have gotten onto the freeway at North Main or Garth.

Driver fleeing from minor accident causes second fatal crash

Houston authorities say a man was killed by a suspected drunk driver who ran a red light while fleeing from a rear-end crash at a high rate of speed. The man who was killed was on his way to work when the drunk driver's truck slammed into his Chevy Tahoe, causing it to land upside-down.

The woman who was hit first became concerned when the driver fled, prompting her to call 911 and state that the man was fleeing at a high rate of speed. When eyewitnesses came to help after the second crash, they smelled alcohol on the truck driver's breath. Both drivers were taken to the hospital where the driver of the Tahoe was pronounced dead on arrival.

3-vehicle accident in West Texas kills 3

A Dec. 6 accident between two passenger vehicles and a tractor-trailer at the West Texas junction of State Highway 176 and FM 1788 resulted in three fatalities. The Department of Public Safety reported that the fatal collision took place at about 8:30 a.m. and left one person with injuries.

The car accident happened east of Andrews, authorities said. According to the DPS, a 32-year-old El Paso man was driving a Jeep south on FM 1788 when he ran a stop sign at the State Highway 176 junction and collided with a westbound Ford F-150 pickup truck. The accident transpired in the path of an eastbound semi-truck, which subsequently became involved in the wreck. The 47-year-old driver of the semi-truck could not avoid hitting both vehicles, authorities said.

Texas students seriously injured in car accident

An accident that occurred on Nov. 30 on State Highway 105 East around 8:30 p.m. left five students from a Texas university hospitalized, according to authorities. The accident reportedly happened when a pickup truck crossed the highway's centerline and collided head-on with a red Hyundai carrying the five students, who were returning to Texas from Thanksgiving holiday in Louisiana.

Rescue workers reportedly required half an hour to extract everyone from the red Hyundai on account of the severity of the collision, and two of the students had to be cut out. Officials described the condition of two students who received aerial transport to a hospital as critical, while the driver of the students' Hyundai was listed in stable condition. According to authorities, the accident remains under investigation. The Department of Public Safety indicated that no charges were immediately filed in connection with the wreck but that the case will be submitted to the district attorney's office at the conclusion of their investigation.

Man accused of causing fatal accident while drunk

The police in Texas have accused a 25-year-old man of drunken driving after an accident where he is alleged to have run a red light and his three cars on Plano Road in Far Northeast Dallas. He also faces charges of intoxication manslaughter after an individual who had been involved in the accident died from their wounds.

The accident happened at 11:16 p.m. on Nov. 25, when the man is said to have been driving east on Forest Lane. When he arrived at Plano Road, he apparently failed to stop and ran into three cars driving north.

Fiery head-on crash in Texas kills 1, injures 1

One man was killed and another was hospitalized after their cars collided and caught fire on Nov. 15. The accident occurred just before 2:40 a.m. on Farm to Market Road 136 near Bayside.

The deceased man, a 35-year-old Portland resident, was traveling south on FTM 136 in a 2002 Cadillac when his car crossed the centerline and into the northbound lane. A 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck hauling a trailer was rounding a curve on a hill when the Cadillac entered its path. The pickup's driver, a 33-year-old Brownsville man, later said that he tried to avoid a collision but was unable to do so. The vehicles collided head-on and came to a stop with the pickup's front end resting on top of the Cadillac's front. The crash caused both vehicles to become engulfed in flames.

Head-on collision in Texas leads to serious injuries

A 41-year-old and a 23-year-old man were injured in a crash that took place on Nov. 10 at approximately 8 p.m. The accident took place at the intersection of State Route 62 and Walea Road in Orange. According to authorities, the 41-year-old man was driving his Chevy SUV southbound on State Route 62 when a passenger vehicle failed to obey a stop sign going west on Walea Road.

The man then swerved to avoid the vehicle, crossed the center line of traffic and collided with a Buick being driven by the 23-year-old man heading north on SR 62. Authorities say that the older man was taken to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas with severe bruising and broken ribs. The other man was taken to Baptist Orange Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

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