Abdias Leyva Killed in Houston, TX, Loose Tire Accident on I-45
Houston, TX -- June 6, 2017, Abdias Leyva was fatally injured as the result of an accident where a loose tire struck their vehicle along the Gulf Freeway.
The Houston Police Department and other emergency personnel responded to the accident scene in the early morning hours of Tuesday. It occurred near Pierce Street, just past the I-69 interchange.
Preliminary information indicates that the accident happened in the northbound lanes of the interstate. A pickup was traveling along the southbound lanes of the Gulf Freeway when it suddenly lost one of its wheels. The tire flew backward and through the windshield of 36-year-old Leyva's vehicle. The tire struck Leyva, killing them.
Leyva's injuries were fatal, and medical officials pronounced him dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation.
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The reports I'm reading about this accident seem to indicate that this accident should have been entirely avoidable. A lot of times with a rare accident like this one, people will say the phrase, "Freak Accident," to describe the incident. This statement tends to imply that there was no way to avoid the accident, but details about this tell me there was a series of events that caused the wheel to come loose. There needs to be a thorough investigation to determine exactly what actions could have been taken and why they weren't. There are two likely explanations here: The truck was in a state of disrepair or a recent part replacement was done improperly.
To the first, details have said this was an older model pickup and that the metal connecting the wheel to the axle appeared to have been sheered off. This could mean that the vehicle was in desperate need of repairs and the driver neglected to get work done. Now, it's entirely possible that whatever issue caused this wasn't apparent to the driver, but for such a catastrophic failure to occur, I find it unlikely the driver didn't know either that the issue existed or at least that the vehicle was in need of an inspection that would have caught the issue.
As far as an improper repair, this could be on the part of either the driver or an auto shop. I've seen a lot of accidents happen because people take it upon themselves to handle repairs which they frankly aren't skilled enough to do properly. This can lead to rushed, shoddy, and ultimately dangerous repairs that put the vehicle at risk for a serious problem down the road. Not only does this put the driver themselves at risk, but it puts other drivers around them at risk. However, there have also been accidents where someone took their vehicle into a professional mechanic only to find themselves breaking down mid-drive. Depending on the part replaced or repaired, this can lead to very serious accidents. Sometimes the auto shop just makes a mistake and puts the wrong part on a vehicle, and sometimes they take shortcuts and put cheap or old parts on a vehicle instead of the part it requires. In either case, the shop is betraying the customer's trust and contributing to dangerous accidents like this one.
It's going to take a professional investigator who has experience with these sorts of accidents to determine exactly what caused this accident. It could be that the driver neglected to have their vehicle repaired for some time, it could be that an auto shop is cheating its customers and putting the public at risk. Whatever the case, all of the facts need to come to light in order for the loved ones of the victim to get justice for their loss. Whoever and whatever contributed to this accident needs to be brought to answer for their actions, or lack thereof.
--Grossman Law Offices