A fatal collision occurred in a rural area in northeast Texas. Authorities
report that a 37-year-old man died after the vehicle he was driving crossed
into the path of oncoming traffic and hit another car. The accident took
place on Jan. 21 at 1:30 p.m. in Athens.
A trooper with the Department of Public Safety said that the 37-year-old
man was apparently traveling east on Loop 7 when he veered into the westbound
lanes and ran into a car head-on. At the time of reporting, no reason
for why the driver may have strayed into the wrong lanes had yet been
advanced by authorities.
The driver of a the car that was struck, a 77-year-old man from Kemp, was
taken to a hospital in Tyler and kept there in serious condition. The
man in the first vehicle, a resident of Athens, was also taken to the
hospital. However, he was pronounced dead at 3:22 p.m. at the hospital.
Injuries from a
car accident can have a considerable economic cost to the person who suffers them.
Not only do victims have to pay the medical bills and any increase in
insurance premiums, but they might also lose the ability to work and support
themselves. Rehabilitation can be a lengthy and expensive process. In
some circumstances, the loss of bodily or mental function may even be
permanent along with the economic impairment that came with it.
A personal injury lawyer in Austin might be helpful to those who wish to
recoup payment for these and other losses from the party responsible for
the accident. If liability for the injuries can be proven, then the court
may compel the responsible driver to pay appropriate compensation. If
the responsible driver died in the crash, it is possible that damages
may be recovered from their estate.
Source: KETK, "Former deputy killed in Henderson Co. crash," Jan. 23, 2015