Two Texas residents recently died in a car accident near Wichita Falls. One was 23 years old, while the other would have been a 17-year-old high school senior at Maud High School.
The cause of the car accident is still under investigation, but the details appeared to be that the two were in a pickup truck pulling a trailer down U.S. 82, moving westbound, between Wichita Falls and Seymour. They were reportedly behind another pickup truck moving westbound, when a truck headed eastbound crossed the center line and stuck the first pickup truck before hitting theirs head-on. There was a curve along the highway that might have contributed to the accident. While the trailer from the first pickup truck ended up running off the road, there were no reported injuries from the first pickup truck. Meanwhile, the 23-year-old and 17-year-old died at the scene, as well as the driver of the truck that crossed the center line. A passenger from that truck caught on fire and was currently in the hospital in critical condition.
Students at Maud High School mourned the loss of both victims, for the 23-year-old was a 2009 graduate. This marked the third student death in the past two years. The 23-year-old was remembered for his love of football and for being an excellent player, while the 17-year-old was remembered for being quiet until people got to know her, and then revealing a very kind heart. Both were interested in race car driving and were reportedly on their way to pick up a race car when the accident occurred. There will be grief counselors available to help students through this difficult time.
Wrong-way car accidents, which sadly include this one, are far too common in Texas, which leads the nation in car accident injuries and deaths. It is unknown at this time what caused the eastbound driver to veer across the center line of the two-lane highway, whether it was due to inattentiveness, sudden loss of control, or both. If the driver was operating the pickup at a high speed, that could have compounded any problems he or she had with controlling the car. Every driver should try to remember that he or she owes a duty of reasonable care when operating a vehicle, not just to other drivers on the road, but also to his or her passengers. Drivers may breach that duty when they behave inattentively, such as texting while driving, driving above the speed limit, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or committing other violations of the law. Those injured as a result of the breach have the option of filing a lawsuit against the driver.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a vehicle accident caused by another driver, you may be entitled to compensation, including medical expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering. The experienced San Antonio personal injury attorneys at Carabin & Shaw may be able to help. Call our office for more information at 1-800-862-1260.