According to Bastrop County authorities, a 70-year-old Austin woman was
killed on U.S. 290 around 3:00 p.m. on Sept. 16 in Paige, Texas. A semi-truck
was carrying a load of rocks and traveling east when its driver lost control
after braking to avoid hitting another semitrailer that was in front of
it and waiting to turn. The truck carrying the rocks crossed the centerline
into oncoming traffic, and its load spilled onto the roadway. One of the
rocks hit the car in which the victim was a passenger, and she died in
the crash that ensued.
The woman's husband was driving the car when the
truck accident took place, and he was flown to University Medical Center Brackenridge.
One of the truck drivers suffered minor injuries and was transported to
St. David's Hospital in Bastrop.
When people are injured in
motor-vehicle accidents, they can enlist the help of Austin personal injury lawyers to prepare
a claim for damages. Additionally, family members of fatal accident victims
may wish to retain such attorneys to file wrongful death claims after
their loved ones die in car crashes.
With respect to civil litigation, Texas is a modified comparative fault
state with a 51 percent bar rule. This means that if a plaintiff of a
personal injury or
wrongful death lawsuit is found to have been 51 percent or more at fault for the incident
in question, that party is ineligible to recover damages. If a plaintiff
is 50 percent at fault or less, damages may be awarded. However, the amount
awarded will be reduced by the percentage of fault that lies with the
Source: KXAN.com, 'Woman killed on 290 when rock crashes through window,"
Melanie Price, Sept. 16, 2014