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Wrongful death suit may follow in fatal Texas big-rig crash

Between their immense size and colossal weight, a semi truck can become a deadly weapon when it is not operated with the utmost care and caution. Tractor-trailer drivers in Texas not only have a responsibility to themselves but to all of the other drivers and their passengers around them to pay close attention and exercise great care when operating their trucks. When they fail to do so, the accidents that result often have life-altering effects and, in the case of a fatality, can result in a wrongful death suit being filed against the negligent party.

A recent tractor-trailer crash resulted in two people dying as well as five others injured. The accident occurred in July, early in the morning in Austin. The interstate on which it occurred was closed for nearly eight hours after the crash.

According to the police, a big-rig truck crashed into a pickup truck that was either slowing down, stalled, or simply stopped. After that, the big-rig swerved, which resulted in it rolling over. According to local responders, two women were pronounced dead at the accident's scene. Two others, including the driver of the big-rig, were taken to a local medical center. Additionally, three children were taken to another medical center.

The loss of life due to traffic accidents in Texas can be devastating. The victims of this tragic accident as well as their families might be entitled to file wrongful death or personal injury claims in order to receive financial reparations for the damages sustained that can help recoup some of the costs often associated with medical bills and end-of-life arrangements if it is proved that truck driver negligence is a contributing factor in the cause of this horrific accident. Many victims or their families choose to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to establish whether they have a viable case.

Source: kvue.com, "Two dead, five injured in 18-wheeler crash on I-35", Tina Shively and Amber Downing, July 24, 2015

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