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ACCIDENT INJURY REPORT: Fatal Crash South of Tyler in Smith County

pexels-pavel-danilyuk-6754163-300x200May 3 ,2021:  On Wednesday, April 28, Troopers responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash near Tyler.  The crash happened on SH-110 South at Meador Cemetery Rd. south of Tyler’s City limits in Smith County.

Violet Louise Wright,  59, of Bullard, the driver of a Honda Accord, had stopped on Meador Cemetery Rd attempting to enter SH-110 South. The driver of a Volkswagen Jetta, Jessica Karen King, 20, of Lindale was traveling northbound on SH-110 South. It was at this intersection that Wright failed to yield the right of way, entering onto SH-110 South, King hit the Honda that had pulled out into the traffic lane.

Wright was transported to UT Health–Tyler, where she was pronounced dead. King, the driver who struck Wright’s vehicle was transported to UT Health-Tyler in stable condition.

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DANGERS OF FAILING TO YIELD

Most crashes in Texas result from speeding, failure to yield, driving under the influence of alcohol, following too closely and running red lights and stop signs.

Avoid a collision

  • Slow down and drive to conditions.
  • Drive friendly – yield to other drivers and be courteous.
  • Maintain a safe following distance.
  • Look both ways before you enter an intersection.
  • Signal every turn and lane change.
  • Stop at red lights and stop signs.
  • Don’t drive if you’ve been drinking.

What to do after a crash

  1. Check for injuries. If people are hurt, tend to them.
  2. Move your car out of the roadway to a safer place where you can exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, vehicle identification numbers, vehicle license plate numbers, insurance information and driver license information.
  3. Note the location of the crash and get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses. If the vehicles cannot be moved, protect the scene by setting up flares or raising your hood.

When to call police

Always call the police when:

  • Injury or fatality is involved
  • Vehicles cannot be moved
  • Suspect one of the drivers is intoxicated,
  • Drivers has no insurance
  • Drivers leaves the scene

When to move your vehicle

If you are in a collision and no one is hurt, don’t wait for the police before moving your vehicle. If you can drive the vehicle, the law requires you to move it out of the flow of traffic.

If there is damage to the vehicle, stop and exchange information. If someone is hurt, render aid and notify law enforcement. If you hit an unattended vehicle, find the driver or write your name and address on a note explaining what happened. You must also include the owner’s name and address if the vehicle you are driving doesn’t belong to you.

If you, a family member or loved one has been injured or has suffered a wrongful death due to driving accidents, 18-wheeler crash, auto accident or another personal injury, contact an attorney who specializes in these cases to review your legal options.  You may be entitled to compensation for damages, medical treatments, and lost wages due to the incident.

Lawyers at Carabin Shaw help clients get the care and attention they deserve after a serious incident.  Our experienced attorneys represent people and families who have suffered catastrophic injuries and tragic wrongful deaths throughout the US.  If you or a loved one has been injured contact us today at (800) 862-1260.

The personal injury attorneys of Carabin Shaw provided the information herein as a community service. 

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