A car crash involving a semi-tanker trailer colliding with a pickup claimed the life of a Texas man early in the night of Jan. 1. The fatal accident occurred on Interstate 35 at approximately 8:15 p.m. on that Sunday evening. Officials report that that the apparently-disabled pickup was stopped in or near the outside shoulder of the interstate near Troy, around mile marker 314. While it was sitting there, it was struck in the left rear by the semi-tanker trailer.
The 24-year-old driver of the trailer suffered no injuries. Sadly, the driver of the pickup, a 59-year-old man, was declared dead at the scene. A passenger in the pickup, a 56-year-old woman, was taken to Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple for treatment of her injuries, which were reportedly non-life threatening.
Investigators are doubtlessly working to determine any factors that contributed to the fatal accident. No charges have been filed as of this time, and neither have results of toxicology tests been released, if any were performed. Regardless, the family of the deceased victim may very well have grounds for a wrongful death claim, if negligence on the part of the trailer driver is apparent. The female passenger in the vehicle may also choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the trailer that struck the pickup.
Those in Texas who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident due to another's careless driving might benefit from seeking the counsel of an attorney. A lawyer with experience in similar cases can offer legal advice on seeking monetary compensation. Successfully presented wrongful death suits often result in the award of damages that can be used towards funeral expenses and the grieving family members' pain and suffering.
Source: kcentv.com, "1 dead, 2 injured in I-35 crash in Bell County", Brandon Gray, Jan. 2, 2017