Left-turn accidents in Texas are not uncommon, and often involve another driver’s inattention and failure to obey the rules of the road. Drivers who fail to maintain a safe following distance may be caught unaware by a driver ahead who stops before turning left. Such negligence often leads to rear-end automobile accidents that can cause life-changing neck or back injuries, if not death.
Texas Troopers were recently called to a fatal rear-end accident on Farm-to-Market Road 917. They reported that an eastbound van with passengers stopped before turning left at the entrance to a parking area, when a tractor-trailer struck it from behind. The company-owned tractor-trailer’s driver allegedly traveled at a high rate of speed and failed to slow down enough to avoid a collision. Two passengers of the van were killed on impact, and the driver suffered severe injuries, but her condition was reported to be stable.
Media reports claimed that a driver from the same company had been involved in another fatal accident, a hit-and-run with a bicycle, at a previous date. That driver, who was initially unknown, was identified months later. In both of these accidents, the company who employs the drivers and owns the vehicles may be held liable along with the drivers.
Injured parties in rear-end automobile accidents as described above may suffer injuries that could have long-term consequences, resulting in high medical costs. Victims retain the right to pursue personal injury claims in a Texas civil court against the alleged negligent driver, along with any separate owner of the vehicle responsible. The court may award monetary damages to cover current and future medical costs related to the accident, as allowed by state law.
Source: Burleson Star, "Two killed in FM 917 accident", Amber Washington, June 6, 2014