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Wrong-Way Crash Kills 5, Including Family of 4

Posted By The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC || 9-Dec-2014

The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that a wrong-way driver caused a fiery crash on Nov. 29 on U.S. 385 north of Vega. According to officials, the accident occurred around 11:45 p.m. and resulted in five fatalities.

A 30-year-old Corpus Christi man was driving a Ford F250 north on the highway when he allegedly crossed the centerline and continued traveling into southbound traffic. A 2002 van carrying a family of four from Hobbs, New Mexico, reportedly pulled onto the southbound shoulder of the highway and decelerated so as to avoid the truck. Nevertheless, the wrong-way truck collided with the van, officials said. Consequently, both vehicles burst into flames.

The 30-year-old pickup driver was killed in the truck accident, according to officials. Furthermore, the 43-year-old van driver and three of the van's four passengers died as a result of the crash. The lone survivor, a minor, received emergency transport to Northwest Texas Hospital for treatment and was later flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock. Officials characterized his condition as critical.

Officials stated that the occupants of the van were a family. It was not immediately clear what caused the 30-year-old man to travel the wrong way.

When people are killed in a car accident, their families are often left to deal with significant financial losses in addition to grief and emotional pain. Certain family members of the decedents may be eligible to recover damages against the driver whose actions were demonstrably responsible for the fatal event by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. In cases where the at-fault driver perishes in the accident as well, wrongful death claimants may hold the driver's estate liable for the accident.

Source: Amarillo Globe News, "5 killed in accident on U.S. 385 north of Vega", Matthew Hutchison, December 01, 2014

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