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Fiery crash on I-35 could spawn wrongful death claim

It is not uncommon to come across a vehicle accident on a busy Texas highway. While most drivers recognize that extra caution is needed when approaching an accident, some fail to reduce speed in a timely manner. Drivers who are not paying attention or are otherwise distracted sometimes react at the last minute and then lose control of their vehicles. Many wrongful death claims in Texas courts follow fatal accidents caused by such negligent drivers.

One person died and four others were injured in a horrific accident that recently happened on Interstate 35. It was reported that several vehicles were involved in a fiery crash, and plumes of black smoke were visible from far away. Reportedly, an accident that happened earlier on Northbound I-35 caused a backup of traffic. When the driver of a truck carrying a load of gravel approached, he allegedly failed to reduce speed in time to avoid a collision.

The truck driver could not maintain control of his vehicle and smashed into two trucks and two cars before crashing into the center wall. After spilling the gravel load onto the opposite lanes, the truck collided with a southbound car. Subsequently, three of the cars caught fire and caused the highway to be closed for about two hours. One person died at the accident scene, and four injured victims were transported to the hospital.

The family who lost their loved one in this tragic accident retain the legal right to pursue compensation for funeral and burial costs, along with other specified financial losses. They may file a wrongful death claim against the alleged negligent truck driver and the driver's employer in a Texas civil court. Similarly, personal injury claims may be filed by the injured victims of this accident. Successfully presented claims may result in compensation for end-of-life expenses in the wrongful death claim, and medical expenses in the personal injury claim. If deemed appropriate pursuant to applicable laws, additional compensation for other related damages may be awarded.

Source: statesman.com, "One person dies, 4 others injured in San Marcos I-35 crash", Sean Collins Walsh, Nov. 25, 2014

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