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Fathers suffers brain injury in fall off Texas bridge

The father of a 12-year-old Texas girl was severely injured in a car accident during a recent snowstorm. Driving in such conditions is typically hazardous and requires excellent driving skills. A 58-year old driver suffered a brain injury and a torn aorta after falling off a bridge.  He also suffered five fractured vertebrae and a fractured wrist.

Reportedly, the man was driving his pickup truck over a bridge on Interstate 30 in Rockwall. His truck was apparently struck by another vehicle, and the pickup driver called 911 after his vehicle stopped. He got out to check on the other driver, but had to jump away to avoid a third car that came sliding toward him. By then, he was on the edge of the slippery bridge that was about 20 feet above the ground below. Authorities say that he lost his footing and fell off the bridge.

The severely injured man was admitted to the intensive care unit of a Dallas hospital, though he is expected to survive. Police reported that the drivers of both the other vehicles failed to stop at the accident scene, nor did they call emergency services. Witnesses were requested to come forward with information that may assist police in locating those drivers.

Suffering a brain injury or other catastrophic injuries typically puts an enormous strain on a family's finances. Injured victims may pursue claims for medical expenses and other losses once the hit-and-run drivers are identified and located. The authorities in Texas are often able to locate drivers who fled the scene of an accident. In this case, the drivers may face both criminal and civil claims once they are apprehended.

Source: CBS DFW, "Family Wants Answers After Father Falls Off Bridge", March 7, 2015

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